Cedar Branch Park residents
complete sewer project
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–After 16 months and more than 8,563 volunteer
man/woman hours, the 55th residence in Cedar Branch Park subdivision was
connected to the new forced main sewer system.
Of the hours donated to the project, four men donated more than 1,000
hours, one man more than 500 hours, two men more than 300 hours, five
men more than 200 hours and eight men more than 100 hours, with the rest
being made up by other residents.
Also, the residents supplied their own vehicles, tractors and tools to
be utilized on the project that included the laying of more than five
miles of pipe.
At their own expense, many other residents prepared daily lunches for
the work crew and some contributed monetarily.
At an average salary of $10 per hour, the residents of Cedar Branch Park
contributed more than $85,630 in labor alone, not to mention the use of
vehicles and tools.
Thanks to several years of Tibbie Cole’s persistence, the State of Texas
awarded the Cedar Branch Park subdivision a self-help grant for a forced
main sewer system.
The grant was written by Traylor Associates of Tyler, and was made
possible through the sponsorship of Henderson County.
The engineering, administration, and parts and supplies was paid for by
However, as stipulated by the grant, all the labor to lay the main sewer
line and to make the connections to the homes was done by the
subdivision resident volunteers.
The volunteers doing the manual labor consisted of retired personnel,
the youngest being 64 and the oldest 75.
However, many many more people provided support through record keeping,
inventory control, lunches, donations, and moral support.
The extreme nature of doing ditch work took its toll on all of the
workers. Some were lost to back and knee injuries, health problems and
one to a heart attack.
However these individuals continued to support the project in many ways.
The last few months of the project was completed by five individuals.
The volunteer work crew and the residents of Cedar Branch Park wish to
express their appreciation to the Henderson County Commissioners,
Traylor Associates, Velvin and Weeks engineering and the state of Texas
for making this project possible.
Also, thanks go to the Board of Directors of East Cedar Creek Fresh
Water District, manager Bill Goheen, and inventory control specialist
Chris Case, without whose support and technical advice the project could
not have been completed.
Also not to be forgotten, Joe Utmore and the field employees of ECCFWSD,
who were a major factor in this project by providing delivery of
supplies, field guidance and when the volunteers were in a bind,
assistance in making difficult connections.
It is amazing that a group of elderly retired individuals with no
experience in this type of project could take on such a large venture
and stay with it through completion.
The competition of this forced main sewer project is a step in helping
to clean up the lake and the environment.
Shown are a few of the Cedar Branch Park subdivision
workers that completed the sewer project. Pictured are
(from left) Kathy Mecklin, Donald Mecklin, Chuck
Welch, Shirley Hunt, Doug Hunt, Johny Howard, Tibbie
Cole and Ken Cole.
Chamber gets lesson on
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–Getting tips on how to protest this year’s property
taxes was the crux of a talk by Anita Willingham of the Henderson County
Willingham was the speaker at the April 10, luncheon of the Cedar Creek
Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.
“I eat, sleep and drink taxes,” Willingham said.
Willingham is a 20-year veteran of the HC tax office, under the auspices
of tax assessor/collector Milburn Chaney.
She is the senior bookkeeper, loves to visit antique shops and runs
marathons (eight during her running career).
The appraisal office sends out its tax notices by May.
“This is not the bill. It tells you what your increase is,” she
“The little ‘love letters’ that everyone got are showing an appraised
increase of about 20 percent,” Willingham said.
Appraisers raised the value last year on the land and left the
improvements alone, she added.
“This is the time to protest or question your tax increase, not in the
fall. By then it’s too late,” she said.
Taxpayers need to do their homework by checking values of property like
theirs. They need to determine how much was paid for the property and
how much it is insured for, she added.
Some things people often forget are the over-65 tax freeze allowed to
older citizens and the fact that those over 65 can pay out their taxes
in four equal amounts.
The county has four workers in the auto annex offices, one located in
Seven Points and one in Chandler.
“The Seven Points office sometimes pulls more customers than the Athens
office,” Willingham said.
In other business, members
• heard that Tiffany Lilly State Farm was named the April Business of
Stroke, heart screening set
Special to The Monitor
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Residents living in and around the Gun Barrel City and
Mabank communities can be screened to reduce their risk of having a
stroke or heart attack.
Monday, May 5, Life Line Screening will be at the Tri-County Library in
downtown Mabank at 9 a.m., followed by an 11 a.m. session at the
Lakeridge RV Park in Gun Barrel City, located across from the Dairy
Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of both men and women in
the United States.
Recommended baseline screenings include stroke/carotid artery, atrial
fibrillation, abdominal aortic aneurysm and peripheral arterial disease.
The carotid artery screening uses ultrasound to identify blockages in
the arteries in the neck, a leading cause of stroke.
The atrial fibrillation screening checks for an irregular heartbeat, and
the abdominal aortic aneurysm screening looks for a ballooning of the
largest artery in the body.
Screening for peripheral arterial disease checks for blockages in the
arteries of the arms and legs, a condition that leaves the individual at
four to five times higher risk of heart disease.
Additional screenings can be added for a more comprehensive risk
assessment and include C-reactive protein, a blood marker for vascular
disease and diabetes; complete lipid panel, including HDL/LDL and total
cholesterol; glucose, a measure of blood sugar level, which can
determine your risk for diabetes; and an ultrasound screening for
Pick any four screenings for $140, or all eight screenings for only
Life Line Screening was established in 1993, and has since become the
nation’s leading provider of preventive screenings.
For more information, check the website, www.lifelinescreening.com. To
schedule an appointment, call toll-free (877) 754-9631. Pre-registration
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
My name is Nelson. I am a
beautiful male Dachshund. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. So far, I seem pretty laid back
and gentle. I am a wonderful boy looking for my new forever
My name is Oreo. I am a beautiful
female black Lab. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. I seem to get along with other
dogs. I need help with leash training. I have been started on my
shots and need to be fixed. I am a beautiful girl looking for my
We are a whole litter of Shepherd
mix babies. We were brought to the shelter by animal control, so
we have no history. We have been started on our first set of
shots. We are good kids looking for our new forever homes.
I am a beautiful Border Collie,
who is four months old, or so. I was brought to the shelter by
animal control, so I have no history. I have not been at the
shelter long, so not much is known about me. I am a beautiful
kid looking for a new home.
Pictured are just a few
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.
For further information
visit our website at