Kaufman County Master Gardener Rebecca Morrow is hosting a
program presented by Christi Baughman of
beegirl.biz, “Bee Economics,”
at 7 p.m. Monday, April 2, at the Forney Fire Department, 104 E.
Aimee St., Forney. The event focuses on how the honey bee
affects our food supply. Free to the public. For information,
call Sharon Burden at (972) 932-9069.
CCL Literary Club
The Cedar Creek Lake Literary Club executive board meets at 1
p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in the community room at The Library at
Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points.
El Progresso birthday
The 100th Birthday celebration of the El Progresso Club is set
for 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at the First National Bank of
Kemp community room. All members, previous members and relatives
are invited to share fellowship, cake and punch. For
information, call Rosalie Randall at (903) 498-8333.
Grief support group
The Fragile Hearts Grief support Group meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday,
April 3, at the home of Eric & Sonya Ward, 215 N. Coleman St.,
Mabank. Dinner is provided. For information or directions call
Sonya at (903) 386-0443 or Beth at (903) 880-4975.
Kaufman County Fair
The 2012 Kaufman County Fair is set for Tuesday through
Saturday, April 3-7, at the Kaufman County Fair Grounds. The
fair is open to all residents of the county and to those that
attend school in the county. For information on categories and
judging and the complete rules call Jackie Robertson at (972)
932-9069 or go to
PSUMC fellowship night
The Payne Springs United Methodist Church fellowship night is
set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, with a covered dish
dinner, followed by Sandra Wakefield as Queen Esther of Persia
in costume. Public is invited. Church is located on SH 198,
across from the Payne Springs Volunteer Fire Department. For
information call (903) 451-3131 or (903) 451-2978.
Poynor music event
Country music from 6 to 9 p.m. and a meal prepared by Frankston
Health Care Center from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, is
open to the public, benefitting the Frankston Health Care
Center. For information, call (903) 360-0766 or (903) 876-5448.
Senior eye screenings
Free eye screening for seniors (65 and older) sponsored by
Carter Eye Center, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, at
the Senior Center at the Ball Park, 405 West Walnut Street,
Mabank. No appointment necessary.
Tamarack Easter egg hunt
The Tamarack annual Easter egg hunt is at 1 p.m. Saturday, April
7, at Blackie Ensey Park. All Tamarack children, ages toddler to
12 years old and their parents are invited. Refreshments served.
For information call Liz at (903) 887-7049.
Masonic blood drive
Carter BloodCare will set up for donations for the Texas
Scottish Rite Hospital for Children from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, April 7, at Tri-County Ford, 102 W. Market St.,
Mabank, hosted by Roddy Masonic Lodge No. 734. For information,
call Robert Aldredge at (903) 880-2288.
Easter ‘Son’ rise service
A special Easter “Son” rise Service will be held at Melton Rock
at 6:45 a.m. Sunday, April 8. The Southern Joy Quartet begins
singing at 6 a.m. All denominations welcome. Bro. Brian
McWhorter brings the message. Dress warm and casual and wear
tennis shoes. Located off CR 2804, about 8 miles north of
Eustace. For information or directions, call (903) 425-7625
FBC Easter musical
The sanctuary choir for the First Baptist Church at Gun Barrel
City is presenting “Oh, What a Savior,” at 10 a.m. Sunday, April
8. For information, call (903) 887-6887.
IRS tax walk-in days
The Tri-County Library in Mabank is hosting two walk-in days on
its tax help program from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 9,
and Friday, April 13. Deadline to file taxes on time is Tuesday,
April 17. For information call the library at (903) 887-9622.
HC Go Blue
In conjunction with April being Child Abuse Awareness Month, Go
Blue on Wednesday April 11, so wear blue to show your support.
Annual kids day
The third annual Kids Day in conjunction with CASA’s 5K run at
the Cain Center in Athens, is set for 8 a.m. Saturday, April 14.
Senior supplies needed
The Kemp Certified Nurse Aide class seeks help with “Supplies
for Seniors” benefitting Kemp Care Center, full size hygiene
products include shampoo, body wash, deodorant, shaving cream,
razors, toothpaste and denture care products. Red boxes are
placed at Kemp Family Pharmacy, First National Bank of Kemp,
many area churches and all Kemp school campuses. For information
call Liz Thorne, RN, at Kemp HS – (903) 498-9273.
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Disaster grant’s $350K
falls short, Utility says ‘No’ to finance request
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
TOOL-Directors of the West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility
District denied a request from Kemp city administrator Charles
Fenner, to help finance its utility hookup with the District.
The cost of making the connection was estimated at half a
million dollars and rising for the District to provide potable
water to the residents of Kemp.
The city has been seeking disaster grant funding and has
qualified for $350,000, but is coming up short on the rest.
Board president Clifton Smith read the letter, Fenner sent
asking the board to consider financing the remaining $150,000 to
$200,000 over 15 years at zero percent interest.
While directors admired Fenner’s nerve in asking for exactly
what the city needs, money-wise, they had to turn the offer down
flat, as being an unwise move on the district’s part.
“I’ll say one thing, he did a pretty good job of going for the
gusto in his letter,” general manager Tony Ciardo commented at
the close of a long discussion over Kemp’s utility situation.
Ciardo delved into a very candid discussion with directors about
a tour of Kemp’s water purification plant he took recently —
what he saw, his concerns and recommendations.
“I don’t think the people of Kemp really realize that the city
is not big enough to run a water system, efficiently. It’s just
too high of a cost (to operate a water plant and system) for
just 780 meters,” Ciardo said. “The city (water plant) has got
some major, major problems.”
Joe King, speaking on a purely business level, said if any
entity were to take on the task of providing the 780 water
meters with water service using what’s there now, it would be a
In addition, the district is not designed to take on a
stepchild, financially speaking. “We could get ourselves in
trouble,” Smith added.
Ciardo kicked around two different scenarios the board may want
to consider, if discussions were to develop. One involved
establishing a pressure station near the conjunction of highways
148 and 274, and use the water towers as a kind of floating
water system. But to do so would require very strict safeguards,
one of which requiring that the Kemp water plant never be fired
up, while on the District’s system.
After further discussion, directors concluded that while
connecting Kemp to WCCMUD would provide its residents with
potable water, it does nothing to address the problem that got
the city’s utility in the situation it now finds itself. And
that is, too few customers to support too large of an
operational cost. That’s why the system is so rundown. “The
rates would have to be phenomenally high to support its own
independent system,” Ciardo said. “They’re not mismanaging their
funds. The costs are very real. They have their hands full and
are working their tails off.”
If a much larger entity were to roll all of Kemp’s liabilities
into a much larger system, using cost-effective management
practices and spreading the cost over a much larger customer
base, it could be worked, but that discussion and decision lies
with Kemp, the county or the state. Directors agreed with
In other business, directors:
Cancelled the May 12 election due to unopposed candidates. Three
seats are open and two have filed unopposed for re-election. The
board will appoint someone to fill the third directorship.
Recognized that DalTech won the bid for the Tolosa Plant
Expansion with a bid of $128,000. As soon as the final
engineering plans are signed and delivered, the company is ready
to start, Ciardo said.
Unsanitary conditions lead to animal
Special to The Monitor
WILLS POINT–More than two dozen animals cruelly confined, forced
to live in their own filth and not receiving proper water or
care were seized March 21 from a puppy mill in Wills Point.
Animals seized included 22 dogs, 11 cats, one pig and one goat.
Four dogs, confined in small crates filled with feces and urine,
were confined in the residence without water. A strong ammonia
smell could be sensed from outside the residence.
One cat was also found inside, living in what appeared to be a
Outside the residence, 18 dogs, 11 cats and the pig and goat
were found living in their own waste and other debris inside
pens and cages.
The Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Department says they contacted
the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of
Texas March 14, regarding the suspected animal abuse.
The SPCA contacted the owner in an attempt to bring the animals’
living conditions up to Texas Health and Safety Code compliance.
When the owners did not respond, prompting another visit by the
Van Zandt County Sheriff’s department, it was determined the
animals needed to be removed due to unsanitary conditions
infested with mice, roaches and fleas.
A custody hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 29 at
the Van Zandt County Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Courthouse.
The courthouse is located at 145 N. Fifth St. in Wills Point.
For more information on the SPCA, go to