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
Eustace Independent School District
meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Eustace High
School Library. For more information, please call 425-7131. The public
is invited to attend.
Gun Barrel City Council
meets in Brawner hall at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each
month. For more information, please call 887-1087. The public is invited
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 the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. in the
Henderson County Courthouse in Athens. The public is invited to attend.
Henderson County Emergency Management
District #4 meets at 7 p.m. the third
Tuesday of each month at Oran White Civic Center in Tool.
Henderson County Historical Commission
meets the first Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the HC Historical
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 attend.
Tool City Council
meets at 7 p.m. in the OranWhite Civic Center the third Thursday of each
month. For more information, please call 432-3522. The public is invited
West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility
District is held at 5
p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. For more information, please call
432-3704. The public is invited.
City, county attorneys opposing
on rubble dispute
By Michael V. Hannigan
Monitor Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–A dispute between some city residents and Henderson County
Precinct 1 could cause the City of Malakoff to revisit one of its
The dispute centers around a large pile of rubble across from the
Precinct 1 office and yard off State Highway 31 and directly behind The
The property is owned by the county, and most of the material currently
making up the rubble came from the demolition of the old Malakoff Middle
(Editor’s Note: The Monitor reported on the rock pile dispute in its
June 4 edition, including some of the critics’ specific complaints and
Precinct 1 Commissioner Joe Hall’s responses.)
Critics of the pile, which include owners of The Lindy Mall, Ray and
Janet Brown, and residents of the nearby Spring Creek mobile home park,
say the site poses a health risk.
Attorney Brian Schmidt, who represents the Browns, wrote a letter to
Henderson County Commissioners late last month, claiming “… The manner
in which the county is dumping these materials has created a substantial
health and safety risk that threatens to become a liability to the
taxpayers of Henderson County.”
Schmidt said the pile poses a danger to children who might try climbing
on it, and is a health danger through possibly contaminated dust that
flies around the area.
Precinct 1 Commissioner Joe Hall contends the site is not a danger, and
said the material brings a significant benefit to the county’s
taxpayers. Hall said the material – obtained for free – is used in a
number of applications and can be ground up to be used as road base.
The county is looking for property to store this sort of material, but
at press time Tuesday, a new location had not been found.
So the two sides remain at an impasse.
But there is a third side to the issue – Malakoff City Ordinance 102.
During the March 26 city council meeting, Schmidt asked the city to step
into the dispute by enforcing the ordinance.
The purpose of the ordinance is to declare it illegal to “… permit,
allow, create or continue any act, condition or thing within the city
which endangers the public peace, property, health and safety of the
citizens of the city, or which is detrimental to the appearance of the
Specifically, in Paragraph IV, the ordinance reads: “It shall be
unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to leave, store or deposit
any building material (new or used), lumber, brick, gravel, sand or dirt
on any lot or lots or yard or other property in the City of Malakoff,
Texas, except during such reasonable time as a house or structure is
under actual construction and except for dirt and sand being used by the
occupant of a home on such property for leveling or grading purposes.”
Schmidt contends the county is in violation of the ordinance, based on
According to the official minutes of the March 26 meeting, the city’s
own attorney, Hank Skelton, seemed to agree.
“Mr. Skelton recommended that the City of Malakoff put the safety and
wellbeing of the citizens of the City of Malakoff at top priority, and
the County should comply with the City Ordinance number 102, and be
removed,” the minutes read.
Henderson County Attorney Clint Davis disagrees.
According to the minutes, Davis said, the ordinance does not apply to
the county because the county is not a “person, firm or corporation.”
“In each place, the ordinance says ‘person, firm or corporation.’ The
county is not a person, firm or corporation; it is a governmental
entity, a political subdivision,” Davis explained. “Based on the plain
language of the ordinance, I don’t think it applies to the government.”
Davis added that he didn’t think the ordinance was ever meant to be used
the way Schmidt hopes it will be used. He pointed out that most of the
ordinance deals with issues such as weeds, trash, brush and junk.
“Clearly, the intent of the ordinance was to go after individuals and
properties that are neglected and in disrepair,” he said, “not to go
after the county.”
Schmidt this week said the county was looking to benefit from a double
“It seems strange to me that a county which spends many thousands of
dollars every year enforcing public nuisance laws would tell the City of
Malakoff that it doesn’t intend to honor the Malakoff city ordinance on
public nuisances,” he said. “It doesn’t set a very good example for the
people that Henderson County prosecutes for public nuisances, and,
frankly, doesn’t seem very neighborly.”
There is also an issue with how the ordinance has been enforced in the
past. County officials say if the Precinct 1 site is breaking the
ordinance, then several other sites in the city, both professional and
personal, are doing the same.
The City of Malakoff itself sometimes keeps piles of material on its
property. County officials said if Precinct 1 is breaking the ordinance,
then so is the city.
Both Davis and Schmidt are waiting for the city to pick a side.
“We aren’t asking the city to go out and start writing county
commissioners nuisance citations,” Schmidt said. “At this point, we are
just asking them to take their lawyer’s advice, and request that the
county honor the ordinance.”
Davis said he wants the city to make some determination regarding the
ordinance and the county site.
However, the city hadn’t done that.
According to the minutes from the March 26 meeting, the council tabled
any action and asked Skelton to meet with representatives from the
county and the city to try and come up with a solution.
City officials report the issue is still in the hands of the attorneys.
Mabank approves tattoo parlor
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–Tuesday, Veronica Lamb asked the city of Mabank to approve the
location of a tattoo parlor in the city of Mabank.
The vote was 4-1, with councilman Roland (Midge) Odom casting a definite
Lamb is the owner of A Tattoo Clinic in Gun Barrel City, where she said
she has been successful.
However, she lives in Prairieville and Mabank is more convenient for
The Mabank City Council approved the parlor once before, but Lamb and
her husband, Lonnie, opened a shop in Gun Barrel City instead.
Lonnie assured the council the business was clean, and used sterilized
The new shop will be located at 501 N. 3rd Street.
Hours will be 2 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 3 p.m. to
midnight Friday and Saturday.
In other business, council members:
• approved a 90-day stay of demolition for the building at 105 N. 3rd
Owner Gordon Forester asked the council for an extension to find a
contractor, who can demolish the building without damaging the attached
building owned by Roger Barker, I Buy Trains.
Barker told the council he wants a certificate of insurance, 30 days
notification (before demolition) and wants his own roofing contractor to
cut the roofing flashing that attaches the buildings.
• reassigned the city’s trash service from Nature Calls to IESI Texas
Corporation, who is purchasing the former service.
The current contract with Nature Calls expires Dec. 31, 2011.
The new company will perform the same services on the same days, the
council was told.
• agreed to the installation of lights at South Second Street, in the
Gardens of Mabank.
Oncor will do the install at no cost to the city, while the city pays
the monthly utility costs.
“It is dark down there,” councilwoman Shannon Steakley agreed, citing
her tour of the area after sundown.
• approved updating the city water conservation plan, as directed by the
• heard reports presented by the city departments.
Gartman earns Eagle Scout
Special to The Monitor
ARLINGTON–Matthew David Gartman, 18, of Arlington, achieved the rank of
Eagle Scout and was honored at the Boy Scout Troop 88 National Court of
Honor May 13.
His Scoutmaster referred to him as a “gentle giant,” as he praised his
ability to relate to younger Scouts and his peers, as well as his many
accomplishments in scouting.
Gartman held six Scout ranks and earned 28 merit badges. His Eagle Scout
project involved the building of a deck and handicap ramp.
His special awards include Arrow of Light, Honor Patrol Member and World
He is the son of David and Tracey Gartman of Arlington and the grandson
of Mary Dowding, Arlington, and Glenn and Barbara Gartman of Beautiful
Matthew is a 2009 honors graduate from Mansfield High School. His goal
is to teach physics.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
We have many animals at the
Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven
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
County Road 2403 in
For more information, please call (903) 432-3422
after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
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visit our website at