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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, please call 425-4702. The public is invited to attend.
Eustace Independent School District meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Eustace High School Library. For more information, please call 425-7131. The public is invited to attend.
Gun Barrel City Council meets in Brawner Hall at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 887-1087. The public is invited to attend.
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 887-1899.
Henderson County Commissioner’s Court meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month 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 Tool.
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 first, second, third and fourth Monday of each month at 9:45 a.m. in the Kaufman County Courthouse in Kaufman. 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 498-3191. The public is invited to attend.
Kemp Independent School District meets the third Tuesday of each month in the Board Room in the Administration Building. For more information, please call 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 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 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 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 451-9229. The public is invited to attend.
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 Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 432-3176. The public is invited to attend.
Tool City Council meets at 6 p.m. in the OranWhite Civic Center the third Thursday of each month. For more information, please call 432-3522. The public is invited to attend.
West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District is held at 5 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. For more information, please call 432-3704. The public is invited.

  Severe storm program set March 22
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–The 2009 storm season in North Texas was a typically busy season.
Twenty tornadoes were reported across the area, and destructive windstorms, large hail, and deadly flooding all made appearances in the area.
The toll on life and property was significant, with many casualties and damage in the tens of millions of dollars.
The 2010 severe weather season is already here, as five tornadoes were confirmed in Northeast Texas – including Canton and the Sand Flat area of Van Zandt County – Jan. 20.
Are you ready for whatever this year has in store?
Do you have a severe weather plan at your home and your workplace?
Can you recognize the clues that suggest large hail, flash flooding, or a tornado is possible?
Do you want to become part of the severe weather warning system in your county?
As part of its area-wide weather preparedness campaign, the National Weather Service in Fort Worth will answer these and many other questions from 7-9 p.m. at the Skywarn severe weather program Monday, March 22.
The program, being held in conjunction with Henderson County Emergency Management, will be held at Brawner Hall in Gun Barrel City.
During the program, experts will discuss thunderstorm formation, severe weather production and features associated with severe storms.
The presentation also will review tornado formation and behavior, non-threatening clues which may be mistaken for significant features and safety when thunderstorms threaten.
Spotter operations and recommended reporting procedures also will be discussed.
The two-hour presentation will be in multimedia format, featuring numerous pictures of storms and nearly 25 minutes of storm video clips.
“We have some new material in the 2010 spotter training program,” warning coordination meteorologist at the Fort Worth NWS office Mark Fox said.
“We will present the information in the form of a checklist for the attendees to utilize,” Fox said. “Most of the storm photos and video clips are different this year. We have reworked many of our graphics.
“We’ll have more identification cases, and we’ll discuss the operational aspects of storm spotters in detail,” he added.
The fundamental purpose of the spotter training – and of the storm spotter network as a whole – remains unchanged.
“We could not do our job as well as we do without storm spotters,” Fox said. “Radar is a great tool, but it only tells us part of a storm’s story. Spotter observations complement the data we use to analyze storms.
“The combination of spotter reports and radar data gives us the best possible picture of the storms and what’s going on inside them,” Fox added.
The program is free and open to the public.
“By coming to this program, you will learn a lot about thunderstorms,” Fox said. “Even if you don’t become an active storm spotter, you will learn about how storms work and the visual clues you can identify when storms are in your area.
“We will discuss severe weather safety tips, which will better prepare yourself and your family for the threats that storms pose,” Fox added.
The Henderson County severe weather program is one of more than 55 the Fort Worth NWS office will conduct between January and early April.
The National Weather Service in Fort Worth provides forecasts, warnings, and weather services for 46 counties in north and north-central Texas.
For more information on severe weather and the National Weather Service, visit the Fort Worth Forecast Office’s website at http://www.weather.gov/fortworth.

Shelter announces “Raising the Woof” building campaign
Special to The Monitor
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake announces its “Raising the Woof” building campaign to expand the animal shelter in Tool.
It’s first fund-raising outreach to Kaufman County is set for March 19.
A Raising the Woof dinner and auction will be held at Maples Hall on the Kaufman City Square.
Friday, the fun starts at 6 p.m. with a fajita dinner with all the trimmings with live entertainment beginning at 6:30 p.m. A live and silent auction begins at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $25.
Besides a new propane gas grill and decorative items two tickets for the Nov. 6 NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway, parking pass included.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or contact Diane at 972-962-7022 or call the shelter at (903) 432-3422.
After great consideration and planning, the board of directors has pledged $50,000 to begin the project and launched a fund-raising plan to acquire the rest.
The board reports having raised $75,000 to date.
The board plans a construction project in three phases. The first phase would demolish the existing main building and reconstruct it at an estimated cost of $140,000.
Phase Two calls for the building of a new insulated steel building to include 20 to 30 indoor/outdoor kennels, a food prep area and grooming area with storage space for a total of $90,000.
Phase Three calls for refurbishing the quarantine runs to include outside runs and renovate kennels for a total cost of $30,000.
“Once completed, we will provide a better, healthier environment for lost or homeless animals,” shelter manager Krista McAnally said.
The building project will also improve function of the operation with better ventilation and drainage.
With a greater number of kennels, fewer abandoned healthy dogs and cats will face euthanasia and overcrowding, she added.
A plea for donations went out both by post and e-mail and the response has been tremendous, McAnally reports.
“We had one donor who took it upon herself to network and raised $3,500,” she said.
Plans for a fund-raiser every month in 2010 are in the works.
A Texas Hold’em Tournament is in the planning stages and a second dinner party event is being planned for the lake area.
Lakeplex Lanes is working with us to have a fund-raiser the Monday of the Memorial weekend, she added.
The board of directors is also seeking other fund-raising ideas from the community.
“We are thankful for the community support. That is the only thing that’s going to make the building campaign succeed,” McAnally said.
Monetary donations are being taken at the shelter website hsccl.org through PayPal, or by post at PO Box 43531, Kemp TX 75143.

Letter troubles Kemp water customers
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–A mandatory letter recently mailed to Kemp water customers has once again raised the “is it safe to drink” question.
The letter states there is no emergency, and does not mention a need to boil water before use, nor is there any mention of a need to buy bottled water.
“Our water is definitely safe to drink,” councilman Todd Weber told a crowd of almost 70 citizens gathered in support of the Police Department at the March 9 city council meeting.
“The lake is warming up and algae growth has increased. Tests reflect that and a letter went out automatically,” public works director Chris Burns explained.
“Another letter will be sent out next month, too,” he added.
The letter is generated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), which responds to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations.
The test for Haloacetic acids exceeded the EPA standard of 0.060 milligrams per liter by 0.005 milligrams.
“I can guarantee if we had dangerous water, the state would be in here running our system,” mayor Matt Ganssle said.
“We have a lot of citizens that have lived a long healthy life (drinking Kemp city water),” council woman Barbara McFaul affirmed.
In other business, council members:
• delayed contracting with Kaufman County for election services.
• took no action on using money in the city’s contingency fund, Four Oaks escrow fund, library fund and related accounts.
A suggestion was being considered to use some of the funds in a matching grant application.
Council members agreed to take no action until there is a more definitive plan.
• approved seeking information on the possibility Google is looking for municipalities as test areas for high speed broad band.
• approved an exception to free-standing height requirements for commercial signs along U.S. Business 175 and State Highway 274.
The approval takes effect immediately upon its passage.
• heard a report from Officer Steven Crawley on code enforcement, following the closed session.
One of the mayor’s complaints concerning the police department was defined in an e-mail ordering him to perform certain code enforcement duties.
Crawley reported he has been unable to locate an owner of the trailer abandoned on the right-of way at U.S. 175 and SH 274.
He is now in the process of having the trailer declared abandoned and the city declared as owners, so it can be removed.
Regarding a second property, a letter was sent out last month, and Crawley has since spoken with that property owner, who is in the process of cleaning it up, he said.
A third property involves Ming’s Grocery, which Crawley said he was in the process if researching the new regulations concerning the commercial building.
“The code enforcement sweep (ordered) was accomplished. There were 57 properties named and 27 owners were identified,” he said.
• announcements included:
A spaghetti dinner benefit at $5 per plate to assist Kenneth Garvin with his medical expenses is set for 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 21, at Chambless Feed Store, formerly Clemmo Feed Store.
A concert in the park is set for Saturday night, March 27.
“There will be vendors in the park,” Diana Clemmo said.
The Kemp Business and Civic Association is cosponsoring the event,” she added. For more information, call (214) 534-4067.
“There will not be a spring fest, but a Mayfest, tentatively set for the second weekend in May,” Clemmo announced.
It was announced the new bank will be opening Monday, March 29.
The annual Kaufman County-Wide Clean-up is set for Friday and Saturday, May 14-15.
• heard maintenance director Eddie Argo, following the adjournment, announce his intention to submit his resignation.”


Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
The domino effect is a chain reaction that occurs when a small change causes a similar change nearby, which then will cause another similar change, and so on. My name is Domino, and I got my name not only because I’m black and white like a domino tile, but also because my outgoing, cheerful personality causes my doggie roommates to smile. This also causes our human friends to smile, which even causes the kitties in the cat room to smile.
I am an 8-month-old male Pointer/Terrier mix. I love children, other dogs, and even get along great with kitties. I’ve had all my shots and am ready to be adopted. If you’d like to experience the domino effect, I am sure to put a forever smile on your face when you take me to my forever home.
I currently live with a foster family, so if you would like to meet me, call my friends at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake at (903) 432-3422 to make an appointment. You can also email them at dogshsccl@yahoo.com.
 

We 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 and Sunday.

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