Sunday, April 13, 2008





Council gives green light for townhouse development
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–The Gun Barrel City Council unanimously rezoned acreage on a causeway island across from Tom Finley Park at he city’s western border to make room for a mixed-use townhouse development.
“This would be a very fast project with 20 - 30 units ready by July,” project developer Chris Ganter of Ganter Development told the council Tuesday.
The 50-unit development is 50 percent presold, he added with contracts to buy in place.
“We’re ready to move as fast as the city is ready,” he said.
Townhouses will range in price from $299,000 to $450,000, he said. The project would also include about 38 boat slips and include egress and acceleration lanes onto State Highway 334.
The projects will compliment a second retail/hotel/apartment project across the highway on 10 acres abutting the Beijing Restaurant, he said.
Ganter claimed to have constructed 15 similar projects in Texas with great success.
An agreement between West and East Cedar Creek utility districts is in its final stages, line testing is yet to be done and then the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will have to review and approve the agreement.
At a normal pace, this process could take a year, The Monitor learned.
Currently, the agreement is in the hands of the WCCMUD attorney, The Monitor was told.
The council also approved a special-use permit for a tattoo clinic to be located at 114 S. Old Gun Barrel Lane, Suite 6.
Veronica Lamb assured the council of the cleanliness of the operation, privacy and all tattoos being in books, for those over 21 and another for those 18-20 years old.
The motion passed with councilwoman Patsy Black opposed.
In other business, the council:
• appropriated up to $3,000 to plant and maintain 50 trees along Main Street from the Contingency Fund.
Dave Pinkas has generously donated 50 crepe myrtles for the project and also 150 other trees for planting at the Justice Center and city park.
GBC Beautification Committee president Helayne Wendel explained the project, and showed a small picket sign designating the project to the committee. A sign is already posted at city hall, where the committee has cleaned and planted the landscape there.
• appointed Fred Kurlander of Solar Screens on State Highway 198 as a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission, with a term to expire October, 2010. Kurlander’s appointment makes six commissioners and one more slot to be filled.
• tabled finalization of a 3 x 8-inch tourism tract for distribution at state entry points.
The council wants to review further choices for photos featuring activity along or on Cedar Creek Lake. The public is invited to make submissions of vertical photos to the city manager at gboren@gunbarrel by Tuesday, April 15, for consideration.
• authorized up to $22,000 from the Hotel-Motel Fund in connection with the July 4th Festival.
Councilman Marty Goss outlined plans for 52 free booths, with school fund-raisers the only ones allowed to sell food and beverage, two bands, picnicking and a 20-minute fireworks show from 5 - 11 p.m. Friday, July 4.
Much discussion pertaining to the narrowly defined use of Hotel-Motel funds.
“It (the expenses) will fall within the guidelines, or it won’t be spent. Everything will be up front and legal, or it won’t be done,” Goss said.

Ray Nutt wins runoffRay Nutt wins runoff
By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff

ATHENS–Ray Nutt will be the Republican nominee for Henderson County sheriff in the November general election following Tuesday night’s decisive run-off win.
Nutt soundly defeated Assistant Chief Deputy Tony Allison 1,492 to 820, or 64.5 percent to 35.5 percent.
The runoff became necessary when no candidate gained at least 50 percent of the vote in the March 4 primary.
At that time, Nutt led all candidates with 46.9 percent of the vote, with Allison trailing with 27.2 percent. A third candidate, Mitch Baker, received 25.7 percent of the vote and was eliminated from the race.
Nutt will face Democrat Bill Casey in November.
Nutt is a former Texas Ranger.
He came to Henderson County in 1988 and made it his home, later serving as an investigator in the District Attorney’s Office and with the sheriff’s department.
Allison has been with the sheriff’s department since 1990. He became jail administrator in 1993 and was promoted to his current position in 2001.
Allison had the endorsement of retiring Sheriff Ronny Brownlow and his predecessor, H.B. “Slick” Alfred.
Democrats also went to the polls Tuesday, but not nearly in the same numbers.
In the Railroad Commissioner run-off, 126 voters turned out and gave Dale Henry a four-vote win over Mark Thompson, 65-61.

Ray Nutt

MHS students honored for attendance, TAKS test efforts

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
More than 100 Mabank High School students were honored with
gifts Tuesday for perfect attendance (52) or major improvements
on their math and/or science scores on the TAKS test. “You’ve
made great progress and effort,” high school principal Dr. Tommy
Wallis told the gathering. More than 85 percent of this year’s
senior class are attending college or other type of higher education.


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