Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006




 Christmas parades through Gun Barrel City
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY– It was probably the largest turnout so far for the Greater Cedar Creek Lake Area Christmas parade and the temperatures bounced back up to the 50s after hovering around freezing earlier in the week.
Clear skies made for a marvelously painted sunset sky for the start of the evening parade down West Main Street in Gun Barrel City.
A total of 86 entries in seven categories competed for trophies.
“It was the biggest parade we’ve had,” parade organizer Merritt Harpole told The Monitor.
“These were the best quality floats with lots of creative decorating going into them.
“There were some great entries,” he said.
Yes, judges had a tough job this year picking the top three in each category, but somehow they did it.
The results are listed by category, and first, second and third place.
• Seven Points
• Tool
• Tamarack POA
• Hochheim Prairie/Moseley -Groom Insurance
• The Dance Connection
• Janna B’s Sweet Shop
• Pathway Community, for the second year in a row
• Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church in Tool
• Church of the Nazarene
• Library at Cedar Creek Lake
• Parrot Head Club
• Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors
• Classic Rod Runners
• CC Model A Ford Club
• Tri-County Ford
• Party Ponies
• Bud Underwood Family
• Henry and Sleigh
Marching/drill team
• Mabank High School Band
• MHS Pantherettes
• Mesquite High School Color Guard

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Santa Claus rang festive bells in response to the warm welcome
parade watchers gave as he rode by, high atop his sleigh in the air.

No 8-liners allowed
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

TOOL–A public hearing on 8-liners was unattended by those either for or against the gaming machines.
“This matter has been on our table for about four months,” Mayor Scott Confer said, adding it was time to take care of business.
An auditorium full of empty chairs greeted the mayor and city council at the special meeting Thursday.
Confer called the meeting at 7:10 p.m.
He waited approximately 15 minutes, in case someone showed up, before closing the hearing.
A vote to change the zoning ordinance to eliminate 8-liners within the city limits was taken with no opposition.
In other business, council members:
• replaced the old Dangerous Building Ordinance with a new version.
The new regulations will give the city more power to condemn and remove unsafe, old and abandoned buildings.
The city attorney reviewed the new rules, and except for an administration fee of $400, (which the attorney struck) was approved, Confer said.
The procedures give ample opportunity for property owners to respond, he added.
Funds have already been appropriated in the budget to pay for the removel of unsafe structures, he pointed out.
“This is something we have needed for a long time,” Councilman A. J. “Red” Phillips said.

City fills seat on EDC board
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–The Gun Barrel City council appointed three people to fill spots on the city’s Economic Development Corporation and its Planning & Zoning Commission Tuesday.
Attempts were also made to fill the council seat vacated by James Jacobs.
However, as it was pointed out in November, the council had only 30 days to fill it by appointment. That deadline came the day before Thanksgiving.
Afterwards, it would have to be filled by special election on the next uniform election date – the first Saturday in May.
The city council appointed John Delay, a 31-year veteran as an insurance agent with 15 years experience in real estate investments, and Chris Anderson, a real estate agent with Excite Realty, who holds a college degree in engineering.
Their appointments were almost deferred, due to their absence from the meeting. However, councilwoman Kathy Cochran argued their presence was not required and perhaps they were not informed of the agenda.
Cochran added that at least one P&Z member planned to resign, and was only holding on to maintain a quorum, so business could be conducted.
The council also filled one of two vacant seats on the EDC.
Two applicants were present for consideration, however, the council was split over seating Sandy Janow.
Councilman Marty Goss took issue with Janow’s assessment of the city’s major problem – the city manager.
The other candidate, G. Dean Wright Jr. of Evergreen Dr., won quick approval.
Wright describes himself as a mortgage banker/real estate investor, who holds a degree in business. He’s the owner of United American Mortgage.
In other business, the council:
• approved a replat of Lots 966 and 967 in Tamarack at 132 Bayview Street to build a carport on Lot 966. Two citizens testified in favor of the move during the public hearing.
• authorized the city manager to research/draft an ordinance to establish a one-mile distance between the residence of any sexual predator and any school, church and/or known gathering place of children
• authorized the city manager to research/draft an ordinance regarding an excessive animal permit to provide foster care, adoption and rescue services for dogs and cats.