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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 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 Museum.
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 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.
  Changes to the state constitution proposed
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE– Come Nov. 3, many voters might think that since no local officials are on the ballot, it’s not worth voting. But they couldn’t be more wrong.
On Tuesday, Nov. 3, Texans are going to be asked to amend the state constitution by considering 11 propositions.
Three of them have to do with how your property value will be accessed and taxed (Propositions 2, 3 and 5).
One of them proposes to allow the state to contribute to Veterans Hospitals (P-8) and another authorizes the Veterans’ Land Board to issue bonds (P-6) for the purpose of selling land and providing home or land mortgages to veterans of the state.
Another one prevents something like the Trans-Texas Corridor from taking millions of acres of private property for its development (Proposition 11).
And one proposes term limitations for board members of an emergency services district (P-10). How many volunteers do we have out there willing to serve in this capacity?
The following are the Secretary of State’s explanations of the 11 propositions.
A reading of them at once makes you realize how important this election will be to the future of Texas.
PROPOSITION 1
HJR 132 would amend the constitution to authorize the legislature to allow a municipality or a county to issue bonds and notes to finance the purchase of buffer areas or open spaces adjacent to military installations. The buffer areas would be used to prevent encroachment or to construct roadways utilities, or other infrastructure to protect or promote the mission of the military installation. The municipality or county may pledge increases in ad valorem tax revenues for repayment of the bonds or notes.
The proposed amendment would appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the financing, including through tax increment financing, of the acquisition by municipalities and counties of buffer areas or open spaces adjacent to a military installation for the prevention of encroachment or for the construction of roadways, utilities, or other infrastructure to protect or promote the mission of the military installation.”
PROPOSITION 2
HJR 36 would amend the constitution to authorize the legislature to provide for the taxation of a residence homestead solely on the basis of the property’s value as a residence homestead, regardless of whether the property may have a higher value if it were used for other purposes.
The proposed amendment would appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for the ad valorem taxation of a residence homestead solely on the basis of the property’s value as a residence homestead.”
PROPOSITION 3
HJR 36 would amend the constitution to require the legislature to provide for the administration and enforcement of uniform standards and procedures for appraisal of property for ad valorem tax purposes.
The proposed amendment would appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment providing for uniform standards and procedures for the appraisal of property for ad valorem tax purposes.”
PROPOSITION 4
HJR 14 would amend the constitution to establish the national research university fund to provide a source of funding that will enable emerging research universities in this state to develop into major research universities. The amendment would require the legislature to dedicate state revenue to the fund and to transfer the balance of the existing higher education fund to the national research university fund. This amendment would further require the legislature to establish the criteria by which a state university may become eligible to receive and use distributions from the fund.
The proposed amendment would appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment establishing the national research university fund to enable emerging research universities in this state to achieve national prominence as major research universities and transferring the balance of the higher education fund to the national research university fund.”
PROPOSITION 5
HJR 36 would amend the constitution to authorize the legislature to allow for a single appraisal review board for two or more adjoining appraisal entities that elect to provide for consolidated reviews of tax appraisals.
The proposed amendment would appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to authorize a single board of equalization for two or more adjoining appraisal entities that elect to provide for consolidated equalizations.”
PROPOSITION 6
HJR 116 would amend the constitution to authorize the Veterans’ Land Board to issue general obligation bonds, subject to certain constitutional limits, for the purpose of selling land and providing home or land mortgage loans to veterans of the state.
The proposed amendment would appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the Veterans’ Land Board to issue general obligation bonds in amounts equal to or less than amounts previously authorized.”
PROPOSITION 7
HJR 127 would amend the constitution to allow an officer or enlisted member of the Texas State Guard or other state militia or military force to hold other civil offices.
The proposed amendment would appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment to allow an officer or enlisted member of the Texas State Guard or other state militia or military force to hold other civil offices.”
PROPOSITION 8
HJR 7 would amend the constitution to authorize the state to contribute money, property, and other resources for the establishment, maintenance, and operation of veterans’ hospitals in this state.
The proposed amendment would appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the state to contribute money, property, and other resources for the establishment, maintenance, and operation of veterans hospitals in this state.”
PROPOSITION 9
HJR 102 would define what is a state-owned public beach. The public, individually and collectively, would have an unrestricted right to use and a right of ingress to and egress from a public beach. The amendment would authorize the legislature to enact laws to protect these rights.
The proposed amendment would appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment to protect the right of the public, individually and collectively, to access and use the public beaches bordering the seaward shore of the Gulf of Mexico.”
PROPOSITION 10
HJR 85 would amend the constitution to authorize the legislature to provide that members of the governing board of an emergency services district may serve terms not to exceed four years.
The proposed amendment would appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment to provide that elected members of the governing boards of emergency services districts may serve terms not to exceed four years.”
PROPOSITION 11
HJR 14 would amend the constitution to provide that the taking of private property for public use (“eminent domain”) is authorized only if it is for the ownership, use, and enjoyment of the property by the State, its political subdivisions, the public at large, or by entities granted the power of eminent domain, or for the removal of urban blight. The amendment would prohibit the taking of private property for transfer to a private entity for the purpose of economic development or to increase tax revenues. The amendment would also limit the legislature’s authority to grant the power of eminent domain in the future unless it is approved by a two-thirds vote of all the members elected to each house.
The proposed amendment would appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment to prohibit the taking, damaging, or destroying of private property for public use unless the action is for the ownership, use, and enjoyment of the property by the State, a political subdivision of the State, the public at large, or entities granted the power of eminent domain under law or for the elimination of urban blight on a particular parcel of property, but not for certain economic development or enhancement of tax revenue purposes, and to limit the legislature ’s authority to grant the power of eminent domain to an entity.” Secretary of State Hope Andrade, www.sos.state.tx.us,  1-800-252-VOTE (8683).

 

Scholarship foundation plans continue for Mabank HS students
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–Plans to establish a scholarship foundation for the Mabank Independent School District got another boost Monday.
Trustees agreed to follow the advisement of an educational group, which will help the four Mabank-appointed members of the foundation to be established.
Their main objective will be to help get the foundation established.
Superintendent Dr. Russell Marshall explained the group is extremely knowledgable concerning tax information, legalities and other business formalities involved in establishing a foundation.
“When we’re approved for 501(c)(3) (non-profit status), then we can apply for a grant through a private foundation,” he said.
Applying for the private grant is something else the guidance group can help with, he added.
In other business, trustees:
• approved a contract between the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and Mabank Junior High for participation in the Making Middle Grades Work (MMGW) Enhanced Network.
• canceled the Monday, Dec. 28, board meeting and changed the date of the January board meeting to Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010.
• watched a video from Children’s Medical Center thanking MISD for the $44,000 raised during Spirit Week and donated to the Center.
• heard a report on the district’s Superior FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas) rating as presented by assistant superintendent of business Scott Adams.
• agreed to hold Team of Eight board training prior to the regular board meeting Monday, Nov. 23.
• set a special meeting for noon Friday, Nov. 13, to canvass the Nov. 3 tax ratification election results.

 

Lake area Rotarians purchase clothes for kids
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–It’s probably the biggest single shopping trip of the year and it is a well appreciated annual event as The Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake treats local children to the benefits of some of its fund-raisers.
Rotarians and friends and family showed up early at Walmart Sept. 16, to escort 44 Mabank elementary students, chosen by teachers and school staff, on a shopping trip to buy a warm coat, socks, underwear, sweaters, shoes and other needed items.
The club spent approximately $115 per child with some going a little over.
Walmart manager Paul Edmondson authorized the cashier to help with the bill by accepting the extra items totaling about $450 over the $5,050 the club bugeted.

Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
The Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake treated 44 students to a shopping trip allowing the students to pick out a warm coat and other needed items. Pictured are (from left) Mabank teacher’s aide Teresa Emmons, student Jaime Walker and Rotarian Andrea Pickens.

One very small little girl, somewhere around kindergarten or first grade age, looked up after receiving her sack of clothing sporting mostly a bright shade of pink, made a statement that was better than “thank you.”
“My Mommy is going to be so proud,” the little one said.
Teachers counted and recounted, the children they brought, making sure they had the same number to take back before loading up on school buses.

 

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 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 dogshsccl@yahoo.com.
 

We 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.

For further information visit our website at petfinder.com


 


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