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
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For more information, please call 425-7131. The public is
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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
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 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 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
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
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 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,
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Salvage operations must
Manufacturer to expand, seeks tax break
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–A man operating an auto parts export business in
Mabank in view of the new Comfort Suites hotel for the past
16 years was hoping to gain the approval of the city council
to install a scale in order to continue his operations.
Instead, he was ordered to stop crushing cars, and given 60
days to clean up the property and come into compliance with
existing ordinances, or close down.
Nathan Sullivan, 13, asks Mabank mayor Larry Teague to sign
off on the completion of his Eagle Scout project during the
city council's regular meeting April 5. The project entailed
refurbishing 19 wood and wrought-iron benches placed along
Market Street. “I am very thankful to the community and for
the opportunity to work with all of you on this,” Sullivan
said. “(You've) done a fine job,” Teague said. “They look
real nice.” Councilwoman Shannon Steakley added, “And we
appreciate it very much.”
The council was in full agreement on this when it met April
Francisco Ortiz, who has operated a changing business, had
submitted a plan to transform his property, which for all
intents and purposes is actually a salvage yard in full view
of the U.S. 175 overpass at State Highway 198 and all the
south-facing hotel rooms at the one-year old Comfort Suites.
City rules do not allow salvage yards within the city
limits. Any mechanical work must be done inside a building
and no scrap piles allowed to accumulate on the ground – all
must be inside designated bins.
In the past, jurisdictional disputes about the property
allowed Ortiz to operate more freely.
Back on May 15, 2007, a site plan received city approval,
but the plan was never realized.
Code enforcement officers had recently begun to issue
citations for inoperable vehicles being stored there.
Ortiz’s main line of business seems to involve crushing
cars, though he maintained that he breaks down 18-wheelers
for parts and exports these parts overseas.
“The site plan has basically become null and void,” Economic
Development Corporation executive director Scott Confer told
The council has expressed to city code enforcement officials
that it wants all the inoperable vehicles in the city to
either be stored in a garage out of sight or towed off, as
stipulated by city codes. Only operable vehicles that are
clean and fit for resale can be stored on a lot within the
The vote was unanimous.
In a discussion on a similar subject, David Claxton of 104
E. Jeter St. inquired about the possibility of opening a
small engine repair business out of his garage.
“Everything has to be inside that building,” councilman
Dennis Terry said. “And I’d like to hear what the neighbors
have to say.”
Convince the code officers first that your plan will conform
to city regulations, and then if a variance is needed,
return and request one, Claxton was told.
In other business, council members
• canceled the May 14 election, as each seat up for election
drew one candidate.
• heard JIT Manufacturing would be seeking a property tax
abatement on a sliding scale for five years on property
valued between $1.8 million and $2.1 million – resulting in
about $10,000 during the first year of the agreement,
adjusting down to zero when five years have lapsed.
Owners David DeAlura and Kevin Bishop have plans to build a
new 28,500-square-foot manufacturing facility with a
low-interest Small Business Association loan application
with several local banks. If all goes well, the partners
hope to begin construction in July and see completion by
Current rules allow for tax abatement on any new investment
higher than $200,000, Confer said. The last tax abatement
agreement the city had was with Solar Turbines in 1992, he
“It will take 30 days for all agreements to crystallize and
an itemized list of property for consideration under the
agreement, sometime in May,” Confer said.
JIT manufactures small logo promotional items, principally
Once the new facility is erected, between County Road 404
and Circle Inn, the concern expects to hire up to 140
employees. At its present location, behind Day Tire, it
hires 60 during the off-season and 105 during peak
“We need the jobs,” mayor Larry Teague said. “We appreciate
you wanting to be in Mabank.”
• approved a resolution in support of the Kaufman County
Appraisal District expanding its facility, spending up to
$365,000. The city’s quarterly payment is estimated to
increase by $71.99, starting in calendar year 2012.
A once-grand plan has been whittled down to the addition of
a very basic 2,964-square-foot building adjacent to the
present building at an estimated 26 percent cost of the
earlier failed proposal.
The more modest plan will provide for additional public
meeting rooms and restrooms.
The appraisal district requires 10 of the 13 taxing entities
in its district to approve the resolution before it can move
forward with its plan.
Principal named finalist
for Malakoff ISD superintendent
By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff
MALAKOFF–The new face in the Malakoff ISD Administration
Building will be a familiar one.
Malakoff High School Principal Randy Perry was named the
lone finalist to replace Dr. John Spies as superintendent
Tuesday night. The vote was unanimous.
“It is quite an honor and quite a responsibility,” Perry
said. “I am looking forward to leading the district into the
future and continuing the progress in the district.”
While state law requires a 21-day waiting period before the
district can finalize Perry’s contract, it will actually be
a little longer this time. Perry is expected to take over
his new position June 1 – May is a very busy month for a
high school principal, after all.
Assistant Superintendent Sybil Norris will act as interim
superintendent during May.
According to information released by the district, the board
considered more than 50 applications before making its
Perry has been an educator for 27 years, and served as a
teacher, coach, athletic director, head football coach,
assistant principal and principal. He has been principal of
Malakoff High School since 2006.
Perry holds a Masters of Education degree from Texas
A&M-Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Perry will be replacing Spies, who is leaving the district
for the Van Alstyne ISD. His last day will be April 30.
“I am excited the board was able to find such a quality
applicant. I know Randy as a man of integrity and high moral
values who will lead this district in a positive direction,”
Council accepts loan terms
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–The city is closing in on its $1.5 million
loan with First State Bank for the construction of the new
Gun Barrel City Hall.
Tuesday, council members unanimously authorized the city
manager to execute a commercial real estate bid letter
drafted by the financial institution, stipulating the terms
of the loan.
The loan is being secured through monthly sales tax
receipts, a first lien position on the property and a
$200,000 Certificate of Deposit for a 10-year period.
Annual audits of the city’s finances, along with monthly
sales tax revenue reports, are also required.
In exchange, First State Bank is offering a fixed rate of
interest at 2.99 percent for five years, 3.55 percent rate
for 10 years and a 4.2 percent rate for 15 years, with an
adjustments based on the Wall Street Prime Rate with a
ceiling of 8 percent, according to the bid letter.
The first year, the city pays interest only on the draw
amounts as construction progresses. Afterwards, the city
expects to make quarterly payments of $23,280, or $93,121.64
Last year, the city collected $3,076,168.60 in sales tax
revenue to fuel a conservative (FY) 2011 budget, based on a
four-year average sales revenue collection of $2,307,000.
Last month, sales tax revenues were up slightly for a
year-to-date percentage change of 1.15 percent, according to
information released by the state comptroller’s office.
The city has been banking surpluses for at least two years
in a row.
A special council meeting has been called for 6 p.m.
Tuesday, April 19, to review bids, according to city staff.
A tentative groundbreaking is tentatively set for Monday,
April 25, with work expected to begin in earnest in early
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have many animals at the
Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
in Seven Points
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Please call or stop by the Humane Society today
and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
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10220 County Road 2403 in Seven Points.
For more information, please call
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