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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City takes next step to
provide trash service
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Mabank city leaders signed an agreement with Waste
Management for the disposal of city waste at its Skyline
dump site in Ferris, Tuesday.
Three months ago, the city council ordered its first trash
compacting vehicle, and now it has a place to take the trash
it picks up.
The agreement includes fees that are subject to change, but
for now add up to about $60 per two-ton load of trash.
“We’re very excited for the city to take this step. We
believe we can offer better trash pick-up service to our
citizens and keep the city cleaner and roads in better
repair in the process,” mayor Larry Teague told The Monitor.
The city plans to commence trash pickup service starting the
first week of January, 2012.
Courtesy Photo/Summer Rush
Members from the Lord's Acre Harvest Festival planning
committee from the United Methodist Church stand behind
council members Shannon Steakley (left) mayor Larry Teague
(center) and councilman Dennis Terry during a proclamation
ceremony Sept. 6, naming Oct. 8 Lord's Acre Harvest Festival
Day in Mabank.
Council members also held a lengthy discussion on the budget
for fiscal year 2011-12. Another budget hearing will likely
be held this Wednesday or Thursday. Plans were not set
In other business, council members:
• approved the demolition of two structures, one at 220
Coleman St. and the other at 505 W. Eubank.
• entered into an interlocal agreement with the city of Kemp
to purchase water in case of an emergency through an
interconnection. A line connecting the two systems was
recently completed, being motivated by Kemp’s water
The Kemp City Council is expected to approve a reciprocal
agreement at its next meeting.
• chose Aetna to provide a health insurance plan for city
• proclaimed Oct 8, 2011 to be recognized as Lord’s Acre
Harvest Festival Day.
As in year’s past, the First United Methodist Church of
Mabank has held the annual festival and asked for this
For the last 11 years, the festival has been held with many
volunteer contributing their time and talent to provide a
venue for citizens and area residents to enjoy the harvest
season with a country store, barbecue luncheon, auction,
program and activities for children and the community.
The proclamation commends the church and its members for
their contribution to the city by means of this enjoyable
festival every year.
Eustace starts FY 2011-12
with reserves, no tax rate hike
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
EUSTACE–The Eustace City Council unanimously adopted a
fiscal year 2011-12 budget and effective tax rate that is
essentially the same as last year’s tax rate.
The effective rate of 38.2 cents per $100 of property value
reflects a slight decrease of less than five-hundredth of a
If all the taxes are collected this year, the tax office
estimates the city will collect $988 more than it did last
year, city secretary Sandy Lane explained during the Sept. 1
regular council meeting.
“Basically, it’s the same tax rate as last year,” mayor
Elicia Sanders noted.
The budget numbers are also about the same accounting for
$90,000. The fiscal year begins Oct. 1.
Lane also reported fund balances in the water department
account of $70,000 and in the general fund of $100,000.
“We’re not slim pickings this time. It is better starting
out with some reserves,” Sanders said.
The budget anticipates adding a fourth full-time police
officer, which should help generate $210,000 in fine revenue
next year, Sanders said. Currently, fine revenue collected
“A fourth officer will give the city coverage 24/7,” she
The new budget also sets aside part-time administrative help
for the police department.
The largest expenditure increases are for road repair, with
$15,000 set aside.
On the water side, funds for a full-time water clerk and a
potential pay raise later this year are the major
differences between the current and upcoming budget, Sanders
Councilman Chuck Powers reminded fellow council members that
the budget was the best plan that could be formulated at
this time and which can be amended by the council at anytime
during the year, should realities prove differently.
“It (budget) is just a starting point,” Powers said.
“On the expenses, we estimated generous amounts, and on the
income side, we used conservative estimates,” Sanders said.
In other business, council members:
• selected a health plan option with Texas Municipal League,
which allows doctor visits with a $30 co-pay. The choice
amounts to a 5.3 percent increase over last year. Under the
previous option, employees had to spend up to their
deductible before they received any benefit from the plan.
• approved the purchase of a new radar gun for police
vehicles at a cost of $2,250 with a three-year warranty to
replace a faulty, hard-to-use one.
• adopted the Henderson County 2011 Hazard Mitigation Plan.
• decided to spend about $500 to have an ordinance
tailor-made for the city regarding abandoned buildings. City
attorney Blake Armstrong will be asked to draft the
• heard Payne Springs Water Supply Co. is planning to dig
two wells and ask for a dual Certificate of Need and
Necessity with Eustace in an area the city doesn’t run pipe.
It will be able to serve up to half dozen customers, there,
where it is cost-prohibitive for the city of Eustace to do
Utility manager Barry Brown said, this was a courtesy call,
so the two entities could agree before getting Texas
Commission on Environmental Quality involved. Brown will
work with the city’s utility director, Gene Burns, in the
If the state approves, the new lines will afford the
opportunity for the two water providers to have an emergency
interconnect, should either water provider need an alternate
source of water for its customers, Brown pointed out.
• congratulated Powers on being named Teacher of the Year
for Eustace ISD, this year. Besides being the girls’
volleyball coach Powers teaches Advanced Placement
environmental science and biology classes. He has been
teaching for more than 40 years.
‘Buddy Bash’ nets cash for
Relay for Life 2011
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–The 2011 Buddy Bash was held this summer at Cedar
Isle in Seven Points, in conjunction with the Relay for Life
American Cancer Society annual fundraiser.
Also this summer, those who participated in the 2011
Henderson County Relay for Life hosted a wrap-up party to
celebrate the efforts of those who participated.
It has been more than three months since the morning when
the walkers at the 2011 Relay for Life completed their last
lap, but the work on the event is just now coming to an end.
A wrap up of the Henderson County 2011 Relay for Life was
held recently as part celebration and part recognition for
the hard work and success of this year’s efforts.
Despite the fact that the relay was last spring, support and
pledges continue to roll in.
Relay for Life is the signature fundraising event of the
American Cancer Society.
There are thousands of relays worldwide. This year’s all
night event in Henderson County was held on Friday, May 13
at the Henderson County Regional Fairpark Complex. The day
and night relay parallels the extreme experiences of the
cancer patient undergoing treatment – tossed between hope
This year’s relay honored 94 survivors and 77 caregivers.
There were 27 teams who assisted in raising $73,648 in
donations for the American Cancer Society to provide
services to residents of East Texas.
This event also received recognition as a Five Star Relay,
which is reserved only for a small group of relay events for
their excellence in presenting a relay that meets or exceeds
all ACS standards.
“I am so proud of my Relay Committee members and team
captains,” event chairwoman Mary Nicholson said. “What an
amazing group of people to work with. The dedication of our
team made chairing the event so much easier.”
“We exceeded our goals and – more than anything – raised
necessary funds to help those battling cancer. We gave them
HOPE,” she said.
There is a traveling trophy that is awarded to the team who
scores highest overall in the team competition. In 2010, the
Prosperity Bank Buck a Roo$ were the recipient. However,
this year they delivered that trophy to the Hangtennettes of
Athens Hematology Oncology, who was also the signature
underwriter of the event.
In addition to relay activities, the 2011 Buddy Bash was
held at Cedar Isle Beach Club and Restaurant in Seven
Points, with proceeds going to ACS through the Henderson
The Buddy Bash, in its third year, netted $10,683, to date
with more money coming in.
Through the hard work of many, it has provided over $36,000
in three years to help those battling cancer. The event was
the brainchild of sons Eddy and Jimmy Hopkins and family
friend Randy Harris, after Buddy succumbed to cancer in
“The Buddy Bash is supported by Buddy’s many friends and
family members. He loved life and they loved him,” said
Jimmy Hopkins. “We love music and there were so many bands
willing to donate their time and talents that an all day
event to celebrate Dad’s memory came to be and will be an
annual event,” said Eddy Hopkins.
For information on the Relay for Life contact Nicholson at
(903) 670-2664 or Theresa Bluhm at (903) 597-1383 or via
email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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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