East Cedar Creek Freshwater Supply District meets at
12:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the ECCFSD
office on Hammer Road just off Welch Lane in Gun Barrel City.
Eustace City Council meets at 7 p.m. in the Eustace City
Hall the first Thursday of each month. For more information,
call (903) 425-4702. The public is welcome
Eustace Independent School District meets at 7 p.m. the
third Tuesday of each month at the Eustace High School Library.
For more information, call (903) 425-7131. The public is
Gun Barrel City Council meets in Brawner Hall at 6:30
p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month. Call (903) 887-1087 for
more info. The public is welcome.
Gun Barrel City Economic Development Corporation meets at
1831 W. Main, GBC, at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month.
For more information, please call (903) 887-1899.
Henderson County Commissioner’s Court meets every Tuesday
at 9 a.m. in the Henderson County Courthouse in Athens. The
public is invited to attend.
Henderson County Emergency Services District #4 meets at
7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at 525 S. Tool Dr. in
Henderson County Historical Commission meets the first
Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the HC Historical Museum.
Kaufman County Commissioner’s Court meets the second and
fourth Monday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at the Kaufman County
Courthouse in Kaufman and sets a night meeting the second Monday
of the quarter at 6 p.m. Call (972) 932-0218. The public is
invited to attend.
Kemp City Council meets at Kemp City Hall at 7 p.m. the
second Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call
(903) 498-3191. The public is invited to attend.
Kemp Independent School District meets at 6 p.m. the
third Monday of each month in the Board Room in the
Administration Building. For more information, please call (903)
498-1314. The public is invited to attend.
Log Cabin City Council meets the third Thursday of the
month in city hall. For more information, please call (903)
489-2195. The public is invited to attend.
Mabank City Council meets at 7 p.m. in Mabank City Hall
the first Tuesday of each month. For more information, please
call (903) 887-3241. The public is invited to attend.
Mabank Independent School District meets at 7:30 p.m. the
fourth Monday of each month. For more information, please call
(903) 887-9310. The public is invited to attend.
Payne Springs City Council meets at city hall at 7:30
p.m. every third Tuesday of each month. For more information,
please call (903) 451-9229. The public is welcome.
Payne Springs Water Supply Corp. meets the third Tuesday
of each month at 1 p.m. at the Payne Springs Community Center,
located at 9690 Hwy. 198.
Seven Points City Council meets at 7 p.m. in Seven Points
city hall the second Thursday of each month. For more
information, please call (903) 432-3176. The public is invited
Tool City Council meets at 6 p.m. in the Oran White Civic
Center the third Thursday of each month. For more information,
please call (903) 432-3522.
West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District is held at 6
p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. For more information,
please call (903) 432-3704.
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County approves tax abatement for
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
KAUFMAN–A new addition, Phase II, is planned
for the Forney Medical Plaza.
Kim Buckner, facility representative, presented statistics
to Kaufman Commissioners Monday, prior to her request for a
Commissioners approved a 50 percent abatement for four
The planned addition will add 32,000 square feet to the
current 50,000 square feet already established, she
“This will provide room for physician offices and their
needs and for a 24-hour, seven day a week, emergency room
facility,” she said.
The emergency room will be staffed by at least two
physicians on duty at all times, she added.
Other features include an area and staff for delivering
babies and to care for them until mother and baby are
transported or released.
“There are no overnight rooms for patients who are brought
in, but if needed, there will be facilities where they can
be made comfortable until they are transported,” Buckner
“The facility is being built by PM Realty Group in
partnership with a national hospital corporation but the
name is not being made public yet,” she explained.
In other business, commissioners:
• approved a resolution supporting and authorizing HOME
funding application for Abbington Commons Apartments at 2683
North Highway 34, in Kaufman.
The 80-unit, affordable housing apartment complex is next to
the Genesis Center and will provide one-, two-, three- and
four-bedroom apartments for low income families.
“In addition to affordable housing, there will be about 150
jobs during the 12 months of construction, the buying of
local materials and an on-site property manager,” specialist
in affordable housing Sean Brady said.
“And this will allow our residents to stay connected for a
longer time,” Rev. Nancy Shoenle, Genesis counselor said.
“We are excited (about the complex),” she added.
• acknowledged the Economic Development Corporation is
allowed to spend sales tax revenue on certain uses within
its extra territorial jurisdiction.
This is in conjunction with the (Abbington Commons
Apartment) proposal, county judge Bruce Wood explained.
• proclaimed March 18-24 as Poison Prevention Week in
• agreed to send a letter of support for STAR Transit, who
is seeking grant funds from the Federal Transit
• accepted racial profiling reports from constables Precinct
3 Lowrie Sanders and Precinct 4 Bryant Morris.
There were no written complaints in either precinct, the
• approved a variance request as presented by Hector Torres
for the recording of a plat in the Wilbur-Ellis Addition.
• accepted the January treasurer’s report as presented by
• renewed an interlocal agreement for road maintenance with
the city of Post Oak Bend.
• renewed interlocal agreements with the cities of Mabank
• agreed to help the Emergency Services District No. 3, with
parking area repairs at the Able Springs VFD, as per the
interlocal agreement with Precinct 3.
• approved the budget transfers as presented by auditor Hal
• paid bills totaling $701,052.01.
Citizen Sheriff Academy Program to
Special to The Monitor
CANTON–The Van Zandt County Sheriff’s office will soon start
a special academy for citizens.
The Citizen Sheriff’s Academy Program was designed to
increase citizen awareness and understanding of law
enforcement and elements that comprise a safe community.
Applicants of all backgrounds and occupations are accepted
and undergo an extensive background check.
Individuals may be disqualified from participation for a
felony arrest, an outstanding arrest warrant or an unpaid
Qualified applicants will receive a confirmation letter and
a list of academy rules and regulation. Graduates of the
course will be informed citizens and advise their friends
and co-workers of what they learned.
Applications may be obtained at the Van Zandt County
Sheriff’s Office information desk at 1220 W. Dallas St. in
For more information regarding the program start date,
contact Chief Deputy John Turner at (903) 567-4133 or email
Deputy Anthony Risner at
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
have many animals at the
Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
in Seven Points
in dire need of a good home.
Please call or stop by the Humane Society today
and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
is located on
10220 County Road 2403 in Seven Points.
For more information, please call
(903) 432-3422 after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday.
information visit our website at