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
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
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 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 Tool.
Henderson County Historical Commission
meets the first Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the HC Historical
Kaufman County Commissioner’s 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
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
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.
Kemp holds up second HS payment
Construction company Baird Williams waits on
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–Whether it is miscommunication – information not received or sent,
or even mishandling of documents – the Kemp Independent School District
trustees held up payment on the new high school for the second time Oct.
When asked how much longer it would be before the school’s construction
was completed, Blair Williams of Baird Williams Construction spoke to
the money currently due his firm.
“The invoice you have is an August lien. We paid it (money owed
sub-contractors) out of our pockets, almost $1.4 million,” Williams
“We’re a construction company, not bankers,” he added. “For eight months
we went out with no problems, then at the end of the project, there are
Some of the problems came to light at the Sept. 15 board meeting, when
control specialist John Kennedy of JBK Associates in Ennis said he had
not received data needed to review the district’s payments to the
The problem could just be an accounting issue, he said, stating he did
not think Williams was familiar with auditing procedures.
Kennedy stated Sept. 15 the data requested included all of the
sub-contracts, and sub-contractor change orders, plus a complete check
“We need to let him (Williams) respond to this,” Kennedy said.
Trustees walked through the new building again Monday, making a “punch
list” of things to be corrected or finished. It was supposed to have
been sent to Williams.
“I have the same nine-page document that I received three weeks ago. It
contains no dated documents,” trustee Curtis Donovan said. “There are
things to be responded to.”
“I can’t respond to something I have not received,” Williams answered.
Board president Keith Foisey recommended Williams and the architect
Randy Fromberg get together to review the punch list and review whatever
needed to be discussed to get the problems corrected.
“I can assure you, we will pay then,” he said.
In other business at their Oct. 20 regular meeting, trustees:
• purchased three regular route school buses and one special education
bus for $258,000.
The buses are air-conditioned and have the new, state-mandated high
seatbacks. The seats are also designed for seat belt installation, when
Transportation director Dewey Haley said the seat belt installation cost
is $750 per seat. Federal stimulus money will pay for the special ed
bus, he added.
• heard the district was approved for the QSCB (qualified school
construction bond) program.
The KISD can get up to $5.480 million for construction or renovation
projects. The funds will be repaid at 0 percent, going up to 1 percent
interest, all paid through the district’s maintenance and operation
(M&O) tax rate, instead if interest and sinking fund (I&S) rate.
The district does not have to accept the loan, but must let the program
know its intentions within 180 days, starting Monday, Nov. 7.
• recognized principals Phil Edwards (Junior High) and Kim McDowell
(Intermediate) by reading a letter of commendation from State Rep. Betty
Brown on the accomplishment of the campuses gaining “Recognized” status.
• approved the textbook selection committee as presented.
• heard comments from delegates who attended the Texas Association of
School Boards convention.
They included trustees Scott Clearman, Donovan, Foisey and Steve
Greenhaw, along with Superintendent Dr. Peter Running.
• heard a report on the Board Buzz for September.
Trustees were also reminded the Board Buzz concept will be presented at
the Winter Governance conference in Corpus Christi.
Running added that four members of the Students Advisory Council will
also make a presentation at the conference.
• approved the financial report as presented by Business manager Kim
Cramm ‘Kiwanian of the Year’
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis club members honored vice president Tate
Cramm as the Kiwanian of the Year, and current officers were officially
inducted during the club’s annual banquet Oct. 22.
“It’s been an interesting year,” club president Denise York, who is
serving a second year in the post, told the 30 or so club members and
guests following a stuffed pork loin dinner at The Seasons restaurant in
York recalled president-elect Lisa Hudgins had to drop out early in the
year when her work changed, and then long-time secretary Carol Eubank
moved to Canada.
In an unusual move, the club elected the Eustace mother-and-daughter
team of Nelda Majors and Carei Bobbitt to fill the president-elect spot,
and Carie Goodrich stepped into the secretary’s position, York recalled.
As York handed out plaques to the officers for their service during
fiscal year 2009, she paused to give a more detailed rundown of
activities headed by Cramm, before awarding him the “Kiwanian of the
Newly installed District 26 Lt. Gov. Bobbie Hawkins of Athens formally
inducted the officers into their respective positions (veteran treasurer
Derrick Hoelscher was not present). During the ceremony, she reminded
the members this year’s major goal is to help Kiwanis membership to
The key to retaining new members is to get them involved in the
children’s activities sponsored by Kiwanis, Hawkins said.
“All of us can help Kiwanis grow,” she said. “We can increase, because
we’re still a great organization, and because we’re here for the
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Newly inducted officers for the Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis club are
Denise York (left), co-president elect Nelda Majors and Carei Bobbitt,
Carie Goodrich, vice president Tate Cramm and the installing officer,
Lt. Gov. Bobbie Hawkins of Athens. Not pictured is treasurer Derrick
Upcoming projects discussed
at chamber meeting
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–The Mabank Chapter Committee of the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber
of Commerce met at the Hub office Oct. 22 to discuss upcoming projects.
During the meeting, Tonya Roberts, chair of the Dec. 5 Mabank Parade of
Homes, reported that the committee has four houses and one church lined
up for the event.
In keeping with the tradition of the Mabank Parade of Homes, brunch will
be served at Tri-County Library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the tour of
homes will be from noon to 4 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church and the newly completed Cabins at Cherry Creek
bed and breakfast will both be on the tour.
Ronnie Davis reported that everything is a go for the 5:30-7 p.m.
Trick-or-Treat Mabank at the Pavilion Halloween night (or until the
candy is gone).
Businesses, individuals and civic groups are invited to bring tables,
chairs and decorations, plus lots of candy and set up free of charge at
the pavilion on a first come, first served basis.
Davis is also encouraging anyone who wants to to bring games and other
activities for the kids.
For more information, contact him at First State Bank Mabank (903)
887-2211 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 29, 2010, is the date of the second annual Cedar Creek Lake Festival
of the Arts in downtown Mabank.
In the spirit of revitalizing historic downtown Mabank, the business
district of Market Street was the site of a music and arts fair
sponsored by the Mabank Chapter of CCLACC May 23.
This week, the chamber voted to make the Saturday before Memorial Day
the permanent date for the event.
It was highly successful and well-received by both vendors and visitors,
drawing several thousand people downtown for the day-long festival that
was filled with art vendors and musical entertainment.
Plans for next year’s event will be ongoing and “Hold the Date” cards
will start going out shortly to potential vendors.
Watch the local papers and the chamber website
www.cedarcreeklakechamber.com for more announcements about the 2010
Cedar Creek Lake Festival of the Arts and other chamber of commerce
events from the various chapters and the Hub office.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
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 I’m 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. I’ve had all
my shots and am ready to be adopted. If you’d 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
We have many animals at the
Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven
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
County Road 2403 in
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