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
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 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
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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New vehicle registration
fee goes into effect Sept. 1
Special to The Monitor
KAUFMAN COUNTY–A massive overhaul of the vehicle
registration fee structure is about to get underway, and
it’s important Kaufman County residents understand what’s
happening and why.
Beginning Sept. 1, more than 1,700 registration fee
categories are reduced to nine weight classifications that
create a more equitable, standardized and simpler
registration fee system.
These changes impact what Kaufman County residents will pay
to register cars, light and heavy-duty trucks, motor homes
(RVs), and trailers, including travel trailers.
Because registration is paid forward, those of you with
registrations that end in Aug. 2011 already are seeing the
new fees on your renewal notices.
The good news is some fees are being completely eliminated,
and some residents will see a cost reduction.
The new fee simplification law, which was passed by the
legislature in 2009, provides many benefits to taxpayers,
• A fixed fee means you’ll always know what you owe.
• Weight classifications make the fees more equitable for
everyone because what you pay is based on how much impact
your vehicle has on Texas’ roads.
• Vehicle dealers can accurately calculate registration fees
• Trucking companies can better determine their own
• The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles will no longer have
to spend tax dollars to maintain and program the complex fee
structure in its database, freeing up resources at our tax
offices so representatives have more time to spend with you.
If you have an older car or light truck (6,000 pounds or
less), be aware that you will see a small increase – around
$10 – to your registration fee.
There are two reasons for this: The state determined the new
annual base registration fee on the amount of wear and tear
the vehicle’s weight does to roadways instead of vehicle
age, and the new, annual base rate of $50.75 creates a fixed
fee that will not adversely impact the current collection of
registration revenue. (For those buying new cars, the new
fee is about an $8 reduction.)
Everyone continues to pay the $1 Department of Public Safety
fee for TexasSure, the automated insurance verification
program, and there is a $1 automation fee for improvements
to the state registration and titling computer system.
One fee eliminated is the 30-cent reflectorization fee. It
was on everyone’s registration renewal to help buy the
reflective sheeting for license plates.
Also eliminated is the $5 license plate transfer fee that
was charged when you took off the license plates on a car or
truck you traded in or sold and put them on the new vehicle
Every time you sell or trade in a vehicle, there are two
important steps you must take to protect yourself:
• File the Vehicle Transfer Notification, which you can do
online at www.TxDMV.gov,
and transfer the license plates.
The notification removes your liability from anything the
new owner may do with the vehicle, and
• Transfer the license plate. This protects your good name.
You need to think of your license plates as a personal
identification number, and turning them over to someone else
means that person can run up toll charges and even commit a
criminal act that points to you as the culprit. Now that
transferring your plates is free, I encourage everyone to
take this precaution.
The new law standardizes the license plate replacement fee
at $6, and does away with the fee for classic, cotton,
forestry, volunteer firefighter, tow truck, and radio
operator license plates.
Kaufman County residents who own trailers under 6,000 pounds
will be pleased to know that the $75 registration fee
categories for trailers have been reduced to a fixed annual
cost of $45. And this includes travel trailers.
Truckers, trucking companies and those with vehicles over
6,000 pounds, such as RVs, should no longer have to worry
about whether you are paying the right registration fee.
Gone are the 1,600 fee categories that these heavy vehicle
owners had to use to determine what they owed. Instead,
there are seven weight classifications, which should make it
easier for fleet owners and individuals to determine their
Car dealers, too, often had difficulty determining the
proper registration fee for customers because there were so
many variables in the formula. Now, it’s standardized.
County fees may still vary throughout the state because they
are set by local commissioners.
In Kaufman, Henderson and Van Zandt counties, vehicle
registrants pay a $10 road and bridge fee, and in Kaufman
County an additional $1.50 child safety fee.
We’re glad to help all our customers, but we also know most
Texans would prefer to handle it themselves. The new,
simplified fee structure is going to help everyone to do
just that. For those of you who need our in-office
assistance, we’re always here for you.
This standardized fee structure is not designed to make more
money for the state or county.
Its purpose is to apply common sense and fairness to what
was a very complicated and complex fee structuring system
that was difficult for many customers to understand and
expensive for the state to maintain.
Plus, the new categories set up to standardize registration
fees are done in a way to ensure the state doesn’t lose any
registration revenue for building and maintaining Texas’
roads and bridges.
So now more than ever you can be proud to “Check the date,
Love your state” and “Put Texas in your corner.”
Talent Box to hold
Special to The Monitor
WILLS POINT–The Talent Box, a non-profit community theatre,
located at 244 North Fourth St. in Wills Point will hold
auditions at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 and 7 p.m. Monday, Aug.
The audition will be for parts in the 2011-12 season opening
production of “Night Watch,” written by Lucille Fletcher.
The production will be directed by Virginia Reid-Yost of
Terrell. Performances dates are Oct. 7-9 and 14-15.
The story: Unable to sleep, Elaine Wheeler paces the living
room of her Manhattan townhouse, troubled by unsettling
memories and vague fears. Her husband tries to comfort her,
but when he steps away for a moment Elaine screams as she
sees (or believes she sees) the body of a dead man in the
window across the way.
The police are called, but find nothing except an empty
chair. Elaine’s terror grows as shortly thereafter she sees
still another body – this time a woman’s – but by now the
police are skeptical and pay no heed to her frantic pleas.
Her husband, claiming that Elaine may be on the verge of a
breakdown, calls in a lady psychiatrist, who agrees with his
suggestion that Elaine should commit herself to a sanitarium
From this point on, the plot moves quickly and grippingly as
those involved – Elaine’s old friend and house guest,
Blanche, the inquisitive and rather sinister man who lives
next door and the nosy German maid Helga – all contribute to
the deepening suspense and mystery of the play as it draws
towards its riveting and chilling climax.
The cast of characters will be Elaine Wheeler, husband John
Wheeler, German maid Helga (accent needed); rookie New
York/Brooklyn cop Vanelli, neighbor Curtis, friend Blanche
Cooke, New York police detective Lieutenant Walker,
Psychiatrist Dr. Tracey Lake and local delicatessen Sam Hoke.
For additional information regarding the audition, please
call the theatre at (903) 873-8945. Your call will be
Time to register cattle
Special to The Monitor
KAUFMAN COUNTY–The Kaufman County Clerk would like to remind
everyone that it is time to re-register their brands.
According to state law, beginning Aug. 31, through Feb. 29,
2012, all currently registered marks, brands and tattoos
must be re-registered with the county clerk.
All brands that have not been renewed or re-registered by
March 1, 2012, will become “open brands” for the general
The cost to register a brand/mark in Kaufman County is $16
per animal plus $5 for each additional location for the same
In Henderson County, it is $15 per animal plus $5 for each
additional location for the same animal.
In Van Zandt County, it is $16 per animal plus $5 for a
different animal with same brand, such as a cow and a horse.
To make the process easier and more accessible, the Kaufman
clerk’s office has worked hard to automate the process.
An editable registration form is located on the county
This form can be completed and printed before being brought
to the courthouse for filing.
In addition, all the currently registered brands have been
scanned, indexed and placed on the web at
www.countygovernmentrecords.com for review and
For those who prefer not to use the internet, the clerk’s
office now has the ability to create a new form using the
ranchers existing brand data.
“All that will be required is for the cattlemen to draw
their brand and sign the form.” County Clerk Laura Hughes
explained, “With Kaufman having over 500 brands that need to
be re-registered, our goal was to make this process as quick
and stress-free as possible for everyone involved!”
For additional information, contact the Kaufman County
Clerk’s Office, located at 100 West Mulberry in Kaufman,
Texas 75142 or call (972) 932-4331 ext.1104.
Business hours are from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
have many animals at the
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.
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