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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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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, including:
• 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 for customers.
• Trucking companies can better determine their own registration costs.
• 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 you bought.
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 costs.
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 auditions
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. 29.
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 for treatment.
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 returned.

 

Time to register cattle brands
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 public.
The cost to register a brand/mark in Kaufman County is $16 per animal plus $5 for each additional location for the same animal.
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 website kaufmancountyclerk.com. 
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 printing.
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.

 
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