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
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 Commissioners 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 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
Kaufman County Commissioners 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 to attend.
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 6
p.m. in the OranWhite 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.
||Tool VFD to hold
Special to The Monitor
TOOLThe Tool Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. is holding a membership drive at
Brookshires Grocery in Seven Points from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14.
Firefighters will be on hand to greet shoppers and community members, and answer questions
about whats involved and what the fire department does for the area.
The department is seeking potential members, who must live within 10 miles of the
district, be in good legal standing and have a desire to train and become a firefighter.
All training is free, and personal protective equipment and radios are provided after an
initial probationary period.
Newly-elected Tool Volunteer Fire Department Inc.
fire chief Blake Farrar (left) congratulates fellow
firefighter Dustin Tidwill on his completion of Fire
Fighter I classes at Texas A&M the week of July 25-31.
City wins community grant
$350,000 to help with wastewater improvements
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANKThe Mabank City Council marked the awarding of a $350,000 Texas Community
Development Block Grant at its regular meeting Aug. 3.
The award was part of nearly $8 million in grants awarded to 25 North Central Texas
communities by the Texas Department of Rural Affairs, the largest grant program in the
The Mabank City Council marked the awarding of a Texas Community Development Block Grant
totaling $350,000 at its regular meeting Aug. 3. The grant will help pay for needed
improvements at the wastewater treatment plant.
Rural cities and counties with less than 50,000 population are eligible to apply to the
agencys grant program. The award recognizes the communitys hard work in
securing a grant from the agencys program.
Texas CDBG is a competitive grant program, so the community is to be commended for
their diligence in pursuing this grant, TDRAs community development director
Mark Wyatt stated.
The grant will aid the city in making needed improvements at its wastewater treatment
plant, to comply with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality permit requirements.
In other business, council members:
adopted an ordinance to install stop signs, effective immediately, at the
intersection of W. Mt. Vernon and Fifth streets in order to slow speeding traffic, to
protect public health and safety.
adopted two resolutions at the request of the Kaufman County Single Appraisal
The first approves $58,000 in excess 2009 funds to be used in the districts building
project. The KCSAD intends to relocate in Kaufman Business Park, and the money will cover
additional engineering costs, due to soil conditions at the construction site.
The second resolution approves the Districts purchase/conveyance of real property to
construct a new office building at Kaufman Business Park, and sell its current location at
market value to help offset the $1.558 million cost of the new property and building, and
to borrow funds necessary to finance the construction.
Chief Appraiser Chris Peace reported that after a 2009 financial audit, about $208,000 in
extra funds were uncovered. The excess was due to two open staff positions not being
filled last year, along with lower expenditures in several other budgeted categories.
The KCSADs board designated $150,000 of the excess into the fiscal year 2011 budget,
leaving $58,000 to be added to its relocation and construction project.
took no action on a request by 505/Five S Equestrian, LLC for a wholesale water
contract. The request is being revamped, due to optional considerations.
heard police chief Kyle McAfee and former fire marshal John Holcomb served as
instructors at the annual Texas A&M Fire School at College Station July 25-30.
Use native plants to add drama, not work, to
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
ATHENSUsing native or well-adapted plants can bring color and life to a yard,
without having to run up huge water bills.
There are choices you can make that dont take a lot of care, Henderson
County Master Gardener Nina Ellis told about 70 people gathering for a Master Gardeners
workshop at the East Texas Arboretum in Athens Aug. 5.
Creating a dramatic landscape can be as simple as not hauling off rocks or fallen trees,
because those can become the foundation of a new flowerbed, Ellis said, using photographs
from her own yard as references.
If you want a formal landscape, you can do it with native plants, she said.
Living out in a rural area, such as the Mount Alba community south of Athens, Ellis has to
contend with deer, who find some of her flowering plants delicious.
Ellis discovered deer dont like a native plant that features bright yellow flowers,
and she planted it outside her fence line.
I found that deer wont cross something they dont like to get to
something they do like, she said.
Many landscapers tend to put flowerbeds and other ornamentals next to the house, but not
I have my beds away from the house, where I can see them, she said. The
bigger, the better. Its easier to take care of a big bed than it is to take care of
a lot of little beds scattered around the yard.
Ellis urged the gathering to allow flowering plants to seed.
That way, you get genetic crossing and strength, she said.
I think they (seeds) are Natures magic, she added. You never know
what youre going to get.
Ellis reminded the gathering to do their homework before getting into a landscaping
project, making sure to put plants that need full sun where they will get full sun, and
plants that need shade where they get shade.
Also, with most native plants, landscapers need to make sure they wont be putting
the plant where it will get supplemental water, such as storm runoff from the roof,
because too much water is as bad as too little water, she pointed out.
|Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
|The domino effect is a chain reaction that occurs when a small
change causes a similar change nearby, which then will cause another similar change, and
so on. My name is Domino, and I got my name not only because Im black and white like
a domino tile, but also because my outgoing, cheerful personality causes my doggie
roommates to smile. This also causes our human friends to smile, which even causes the
kitties in the cat room to smile.
I am an 8-month-old male Pointer/Terrier mix. I love children, other dogs, and even get
along great with kitties. Ive had all my shots and am ready to be adopted. If
youd like to experience the domino effect, I am sure to put a forever smile on your
face when you take me to my forever home.
I currently live with a foster family, so if you would like to meet me, call my friends at
the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake at (903) 432-3422 to make an appointment. You can
also email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have many animals at
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 petfinder.com