Malakoff police receive child
advocacy team member award
Special to The Monitor
Malakoff Police Department received the Child Advocacy Center
Multi-disciplinary Team Member of the Year Award for 2007.
Malakoff Police Chief Billy Mitchell (left), CAC program director Sheila
Durden, officer Sally Simon and Sgt. Floyd Thomas show the department’s
The award was presented at Malakoff City Hall Tuesday
The Department was chosen for its aggressive responses and actions taken
on the child abuse cases in their jurisdiction for the year.
The Child Advocacy Center has a Multi-disciplinary Team of 26 members.
The team members include the Henderson County Law Enforcement agencies,
Child Protective Services, Court Appointed Special Advocates, District
Attorney, County Attorney, Probation Department, ETMC and local
therapist Summer Wilson, to list a few.
Multi-disciplinary team members for the quarter in 2007 were: Bonny
Turnage, Juvenile Probation; Tony Duncan, Henderson County Sheriff’s
Department Criminal Investigator; Judie Burley, Child Protective
Services; Holly Foxworth, ETMC; and Patrick Johnson, Gun Barrel City
The Child Advocacy Center is a program of the Henderson County HELP
For more information call the HELP Center at 903-675-4357.
Council orders special
election to change charter
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–Gun Barrel City voters will be asked to approve or
disapprove 10 propositions to change the city charter in a special city
election May 10.
City council members made slight changes to the proposed ballot language
Tuesday to make it easier for the voter to understand the proposed
The proposed changes to the city charter are to:
• eliminate conflicts or inconsistencies with state law since the
Charter’s last update
• substitute the word “governing body” for the term “city council” in a
sentence in the section titled Composition.
• define the term “governing body.”
• eliminate inconsistencies regarding filling of vacancies in the city
council by deleting the last sentence in the section, which provides no
special election shall be called to fill a vacancy occurring within 90
days of the next regular election.
• define the term “qualified voter,” as it pertains to a recall
election, and delete the sentence requiring 300 signatures for a recall
election. (Other language in the charter would remain, requiring 20
percent of the registered voters to petition for a recall.)
• define the term “full city council.”
• define “two-thirds majority of the full city council.”
• require a two-thirds vote of the city council members to authorize the
borrowing of money for emergency situations.
• correct for style, form, and typographical errors and clarification by
a two-thirds majority of the full city council.
• provide that equality of rights shall not be denied or abridged with
respect to an appointment or removal from any post because of race, sex,
age, national origin, political or religious opinions or affiliations,
disability, color, sexual preference, ethnicity and gender.
Council members also discussed creating a voters guide to explain the
proposed changes in depth, along with setting meetings with property
owner associations and placing ads in the local newspapers.
The propositions are a result of recommendations made by a citizens
group, which met nine times to go over the charter and then a joint
workshop with city council members.
City attorney Kevin Curley presented a draft of what would appear on the
ballot both in English and Spanish for the council’s approval.
In other business, the council:
• authorized the city manager and city treasurer to complete application
documents for Tex Pool, so the city can diversify its investments. “We
want to continue to invest in the local banks, but we also need to
diversify and create a true 90-day reserve fund,” city manager Gerry
Tex Pool is a public funds investment pool created to preserve
principal, liquidity, and yield consistent with the Public Funds
Mayor pro-tem Kathy Cochran compared interest rates of current city
funds on deposit in excess of $500,000 with rates offered by Tex Pool.
Results showed Tex Pool returns averaging a half percent greater
interest between September, 2007 and January. Interest rates steadily
fell during that period.
• heard Planning and Zoning will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, March
3, in Brawner Hall to hear a request to rezone 4.71 acres on the north
causeway island, part of the Waitman Construction Co., Inc. tract now
owned by TRP, Cedar Isle, Ltd. from agriculture to townhouse
residential, or any other appropriate zone.
It will also hear a request for a special use permit for Veronica Lamb
who wants to open a tattoo clinic at 114 S. Old Gun Barrel Lane, a
general business district.
• received a racial profiling report from police Chief Maybelle Lane.
• amended the Code of Ordinances to increase the reward for information
related to arson activity from $250 to $2,500, to be disbursed at the
discretion of the fire marshal.
• took the city manager off of probationary status following a six-month
recognizes employees service
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
TOOL–The West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District Board of Directors
and employees took a moment to recognize two employees marking their
20th and 25th year with the district Monday, Feb. 25.
Field technician Doug Wortham started working for the district 25 years
ago, having already completed 18 years with the city of Kaufman, part of
that time as its public works director overseeing road repair and the
city’s water service. He and his wife are residents of Seven Points.
“We’re breaking new ground with this announcement,” general manager Tony
Ciardo said in introducing Wortham. He is the first employee to reach
the 25-year-mark, Ciardo explained.
West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District employees and board member
Eldon Cox (sitting at front table) gather to honor Doug Wortham (wearing
a cap right behind Cox) for 25 years of service and Kenneth Wright (not
shown) for 20 years of service.
Board president Clifton Smith presented Wortham with a
plaque expressing the district’s appreciation for his longevity and
service and an envelope with an undisclosed amount.
“We thank you for all the people you’ve helped train over the years.
Your contribution and faithful service makes us a better water
district,” Smith said.
Maintenance manager Kenneth L. Wright was also cited for his 20 years
with the district.
“When I first met Kenneth, I had a hard time hiring him (Ciardo was
maintenance manager at the time) because he had recently shot himself in
the foot. I had a hard time thinking this was the right person for the
job. But I came to know and like and respect him,” Ciardo said.
large black double gun case was rolled into the area while a giggling
crowd of employees looked on.
Inside, was a 20-gauge shotgun, meant as a joke, and then Ciardo carried
in a Thompson Center Arms 300 Winchester mag deer rifle with 3x9x44
Nikon scope. “I could kill some deer with that,” Wright understated.
Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District maintenance manager Kenneth
Wright holds his new deer rifle with scope, a gift from the district and
employees for 20 years of faithful service.
“Twenty years isn’t a long time,” Wright said. “I
appreciate the board and employees that don’t show up for a paycheck but
for a job. Being a public servant where we live means a lot to me. It’s
where we live and want to work.”
The presentations were followed by a catered spaghetti dinner from
Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant and cakes decorated especially for the
Last year, the district marked office manager Wanda Sanders 20th
anniversary with the district. Ciardo has worked for the district for 24
The main business of the West Cedar Creek Feb. 25 was to review its
annual audit with J.D. Lambright with Smith Lambright & Associates.
However, Lambright was unable to appear that day, due to a family
The board also took care of a number of routine activities, such as
approving its minutes, financial report and filling out declarations of
conflict of interest.