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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 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 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 887-1087. The public is invited to attend.

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 Tool.

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 second and fourth Monday of each month in the Kaufman County Courthouse in Kaufman. The public is invited to attend. Call for times, (903) 498-2013, ext. 2.

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 Thursday of each month. For more information, please call 432-3176. The public is invited to attend.

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, please call 432-3704. The public is invited.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Local church reports on Joplin, Mo. relief efforts
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

JOPLIN, MO.–Ten men from the Christian Life Center Church drove three vehicles pulling two trailers loaded down with building and plumbing supplies up to Joplin, Mo. to do what they could over the July 7-9 weekend to lend a hand at rebuilding efforts.
Two months after a devastating F-5 tornado tore up a mile wide strip through the area, fields of debris are all the eye can see in many parts of the city.

 

Courtesy Photo/Barry Boatright
Ten men reroofed this home owned by the gentleman on the right over last weekend in Joplin, Mo.


According to Pastor Barry Boatright, the people in Joplin don’t want the nation to forget the real ongoing need the area is experiencing as it deals with the storm’s aftermath.
“This is just far beyond any tornado damage I’ve ever seen,” Boatright said.
Fifteen churches are being used as relief centers in conjunction with the Red Cross and other agencies to distribute needed supplies and coordinating rebuilding activities throughout the city.
The group was assigned to the very fringe of the destruction to help restore the only habitable house on the block, under the auspices of Disaster Relief USA, a subsidiary of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church.
In two days, the men reroofed the house which is situated just two blocks from a hospital, and restored the back decking, spending $2,000 in tools and supplies from Home Depo.
Home Depo has been reduced to a large tent on its parking lot, with product being shipped in, Boatright said.
“We bought nail guns, roofing tiles, plywood, nails and tar paper and got it done,” Boatright said.
“There was a constant flow of dump trucks picking up debris and stuff to haul away,” he said.
Boatright plans to take another group up there in a couple of months. “This is going to be a repair job for years to come,” he said.
Over the weekend, Boatright’s group also met other church groups form Idaho, Arkansas and Oklahoma doing similar types of work, pitching in wherever they could.

Courtesy Photo/Barry Boatright
A cross (at center) is all that remains of a catholic church in Joplin, Mo. Devastation is all one can see in all directions two months after an F-5 tornado left a mile-wide debris field through the area.

Boatright was impressed at the way people from many different churches were coming together both in the city and across the nation to help deal with the devastation.
Many homeowners didn’t have any house insurance. Others had insurance but not enough to restore their homes.
While the area seemed well stocked as far as food and clothing went, Boatright observed the need for building materials.
His group carried up several thousands of dollars worth of plumbing fixtures, paint brushes, faucets and sinks.
“Next time we go we’ll be bringing roofing materials,” he said.
Anyone wanting to help in the effort or join the caravan for the next 8.5 hour trip can call Boatright at the church at (903) 887-5429 or donate monetarily to the American Red Cross or Disaster Relief USA and designate funds for Joplin, Mo.

Mabank, ECC move into Stage 1 Drought Condition
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–The city of Mabank announces to its water customers that the city has moved into Stage 1 of its Drought Contingency Plan.
And East Cedar Creek Freshwater Utility District has also begun its Drought Contingency Plan.
With the lake level falling, as of July 13 the city requests voluntary reduction in water usage by all water customers.
In Stage 2, water restrictions will apply that include restricting watering plants in early morning and evening hours by hand-held hose (no sprinklers), no washing down driveways, sidewalks and parking lots. Those households using more than 10,000 gallons will be subject to a surcharge as stipulated by Tarrant Regional Water District and the Commission on Environmental Quality. Certain exemptions apply for agricultural and livestock operations. Call your water supplier to get more information on these.
Should the city move into Stage 2, water users will be notified.
Everyone is asked to use every effort to conserve their water use and prevent water waste.

Fine revenues are up
Commissioners consider nixing furlough days for upcoming budget
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

KAUFMAN–Between an increase in fines and new collection methods, the amount of fines and fees collected at the justice of the peace offices have increased.
Attorney Jeff Brown reported to Kaufman Commissioners Monday, that all four J.P. precincts have seen a substantial increase in collections over the same six-month period in 2010.
Precinct 1 (Kaufman) saw a 9.3 percent increase from Jan. 1, to June 30, netting an increase of $14,758 over the same period last year, Brown said.
Precinct 2 (Forney) collected 29 percent above the previous year, a total increase of $59,744.
Precinct 3 (Terrell) had the greatest increase, almost 82 percent, totaling $281,349 above the same period in 2010 collections.
Precinct 4 (Kemp-Mabank) had an increase of 29 percent over the same period in 2010, with collections of $56,981 above the six-month period in 2010.
Total funds for all four J.P. offices collected in 2011 for the Jan. 1 to June 30 time period was $1,322,615, with a total increase of $412,832.
Commissioners heard that savings from staff attrition and hiring freezes, departments conserving supplies and the impact of furlough days, is making a big difference in the budget.
“Whether it continues or not, we don’t know at this time. But so far, it’s good news,” County Judge Bruce Wood said.
In another comparison, commissioners were shown the figures for a nine-month period from Oct. 1, 2010 to June 30.
Revenue was $31,074,385, up by $1,162,266 over the same period a year ago.
Expenses totaled $23,351,049, a savings of $2,863,290.
The total reduction for the nine-month period equaled $4,025,556.
Several commissioners made comments about the upcoming budget year, including they might not have to do furlough days in the coming year.
In other business, commissioners:
• approved a request from Judge B. Michael Chitty to stop the current system of management of the Kaufman County Law Library.
“Judge David Lewis has agreed to assume its management,” Chitty said.
“The Law Library fund has about $300,000 in it,” Chitty added.
Also, by state law, the jail must maintain a law library and has a library at the Law Enforcement Center for that purpose, Sheriff David Byrnes explained.
Commissioners also approved Chitty’s request to authorize the jail law library to be a branch of the County Law Library.
“This won’t impact the county budget in any way,” Sheriff David Byrnes said.
• heard from Environmental Director Marilyn May concerning grants received in the past two years.
“Our grants are over and I am reporting on what we have completed,” May explained.
Three grants were received beginning in December, 2009.
“We were able to acquire an F-250 (pickup) with all the amenities, two lap-tops and printers, infrared-digital cameras and safety equipment,” she said
Banners were also placed on county roads with directions on how and where to report illegal dumping, and several clean-ups were held, she added.
• authorized a tax abatement for J.I.T. Manufactoring, Inc., at the request of the city of Mabank and authorized the county judge to sign the agreement.
The company makes advertising merchandise.
• accepted the auditor’s report for June, as presented by Hal D. Jones.
The report is available for reading in the judge’s office.
• accepted the treasurer’s report for May, as presented by treasurer Johnny Countryman.
• approved the official bond and oath of Deputy constable Precinct 2 Constable Brent Ryan Johnson,.
• approved a request from CenturyLink to install buried cable upon or under County Road Travis Lane, Precinct 1.
• paid bills totaling $1,252,089.23.


 

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