Thursday, May 13, 2010





  Voters retain water board
New mayors to lead Gun Barrel City and Seven Points;
Kemp ISD board change
Monitor Staff Reports

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Voters decided they were satisfied with the folks overseeing operations of the East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Utility District by reseating the three incumbents up for re-election.
Also elected was Joe Lomonaco, a new face, to replace retiring board member David Burch.
Lomonaco received 222 votes. He campaigned on satisfaction with the current board and felt his 43 years of manufacturing management and engineering experience would complement the experience on the board.
In the race for Gun Barrel City mayor, Dennis Wood trumped Charles Townsend 154-128.
While both have served the city; Wood’s experience as chairman of the city’s Economic Development Corporation seemed to win out over Townsend’s experience as mayor pro-tem on the city council.
The three-way race for mayor of Seven Points showed a clear winner.
John “Joe” Dobbs won with 109 votes over Bubba Powell’s 75 and Wanda Nichols’ 31. However, his preferred council member, Kenny Boyle, didn’t make the cut against the two incumbents.
The heated campaign for mayor brought out more voters, 219, to the Seven Points poll than has been seen in recent years.
Malakoff voters agreed to the penny increase in school taxes to save the “Old Rock Building” by converting it into much needed elementary classrooms and incumbents of the Malakoff School Board iced out their three challengers.
In the Kemp ISD, the former trustee Chip Chambers won over incumbent Curtis Donovan by a mere two votes.
The race for Tool City Council brought a field of nine candidates, including incumbent A. J. “Red” Phillips, who maintained his seat with 90 votes. New faces include Rick Williams, with 83 votes, and Dennis Candage, with 50 votes.
Governing boards are expected to canvass the votes within 10 days of the election, making them official.

Burglars caught
Monitor Staff Reports
ROSSER–Police have taken into custody two young men, whom they believe burglarized the Rosser Fire Department April 27.
An estimated $16,000 in fire-fighting equipment was stolen, but Kaufman County investigators were able to recover most of it.
Both 21-year-olds, Micah Westley Hedrick II of Tyler and Lee Austin II of Scurry, were arrested and charged with burglary of a building and interfering with a radio frequency licensed to a government entity.
Both were transported to the Kaufman County Law Enforcement Center, where they remain in custody.

County sees fewer tobacco dollars
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

KAUFMAN–Kaufman County’s share of the tobacco settlement payment dropped from $40,000 last year to a mere $7,000 this year.
The Texas Department of State Health Services, who oversees the distribution, claimed the county was overpaid in previous years, and so this year’s check is a lot less, county judge Wade Gent reported during Monday’s commissioners meeting.
The Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement was inked in November, 1998, between the four largest tobacco companies and 46 states.
The settlement was for $206 billion to be paid out over 25 years.
In other business, commissioners:
• heard an update on the 2010 U.S. Census.
Donna Sprague said more than 80 percent of the mailed questionnaires were returned. And the door-to-door census workers have begun their assignments.
• approved bumping up a part-time employee to a full-time mechanic, and taking on a new temporary employee in Precinct 4.
Commissioner Jim Deller said the action was necessary, as his full-time mechanic had accepted another job.
• approved a resolution for the Indigent Defense Discretionary Grant Program for 2011.
• held a public hearing to not allow through trucks on county roads 249 and 245, Longspur, Nacogdoches Trail and Windy Lane in Precinct 2.
Residents Margaret and Richard Madison and J. W. Crenshaw requested 18-wheelers now traveling the residential streets be rerouted to High Country.
“There is mostly businesses on the road and it already has truck traffic,” Richard Madison said.
Precinct 2 Commissioner Ray Clark said he was all for the action, as the heavy trucks damage the roads.
• granted a request to reroute passing trucks and post “No Through Trucks” signs on the afore mentioned roads.
• approved the request from CenturyLink to install buried drop wire on CR 4059 in Precinct 4 and on CR 279 in Precinct 2.
• approved budget transfers, as presented.
• paid bills totaling $715, 666.98.
• approved resolutions for Kaufman County naming the week of May 9-15 as National Police Week; naming Thursday (today) as Peace Officers Memorial Day, and Friday, May 14, as Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

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