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Thursday, December 16, 2010

 

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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.

  Change of Watch welcomes new CG Flotilla 5-14 officers
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–Cedar Creek Lake’s own line of defense against danger or tragedy, Coast Guard Flotilla 5-14 members gathered for the annual “Change of Watch” at the Comfort Suites in Mabank.
Division 5 Commander, Division 8 Captain-elect Al Harding was the main speaker for the evening.
He gave an update on the organization of a new flotilla to be based at Richland Chambers Lake.
Following a boating course presented to the Navarro County Volunteer Fire Department, suggestions for a auxiliary Coast Guard presence on the lake got him started making plans, Harding said.
“”I got the paperwork together and sent it to New Orleans (CG headquarters),” Harding said.
“We now have nine members. We need 15, and are looking for more volunteers to establish the flotilla,” he added.
Coast Guard Flotilla 5-14 will act as the parent flotilla, he explained.
“It’s a win-win situation,” Harding said.
Harding then conducted the swearing in of two new members, Paul Wedesky and Dan Wilkie.
Outgoing Vice Flotilla Commander Betty Abbott presented the Coast Guard Auxiliary Achievement Medal to John Steele and the annual Service Performance Award to Jean Steele.
Harding conducted the swearing in of 2011 Flotilla Commander Nick Nicholas and Vice Commander Chris Daley.
The 2011 staff officers were sworn in by Division 5 Vice Commander Brian Kennedy.

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The 2011 Coast Guard Flotilla 5-14 staff officers were sworn in by Division 5 Vice Commander Brian Kennedy. Pictured are (not in order and not all present) secretary Christy Parkhurst, information services Chris Daley, operations and communications Dr. Bill Fackler, member training Commodore Giles Farmer, communications services Helga Nicholas, vessel examinations Dave Rist, human resources Jean Steele, finance and materials Dave Martellaro and public education John Steele.

No more verbal agreements
Council members support work order protocols
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

EUSTACE–The Eustace City Council members agreed with utility supervisor Tom Acker that personal verbal agreements between city personnel and Eustace residents has to stop.
Acker pointed out the many pitfalls inherent in such verbal agreements and requested that all necessary work orders be put into writing.
The same principal is to be applied to the police department, the council agreed.
This approach will keep the city from being liable for a repair or part down the road, he explained.
Council woman Elisha Sanders asked what work the city will do for a homeowner.
Acker said city employees can help check if the homeowner has a leak by studying the water meter for at least five minutes, after all water spigots have been shut down. They can also walk the perimeter of the house, looking for telltale signs.
However, they can’t fix anything on the homeowner’s side of the meter nor provide replacement parts, because it makes the city liable for the integrity of the part and the repair.
“They need to call a plumber or do the work themselves,” Acker said.
The council heard how a verbal agreement and emergency repair work occurred at Reeve’s Crossing recently.
Mayor Laura Ward had agreed to have the city make repairs under the circumstances of a sewer backup for restaurants located in the strip mall on U.S. 175 and to split the bill with the owner.
Ward said she did so with the stipulation that from here on out any plumbing work at the mall will be the owner’s responsibility and not the city’s.
Council members agreed to stand behind that agreement and to bill the owner $448.54, half the total cost of the repair and not approve a waiver, as requested.
In other business, the council members
• approved the purchase of 2010 V-6 Dodge patrol cars for about $18,655 through a cooperative purchase agreement with Harris-Galveston Area Cooperative, up to the budgeted amount of $45,000., with financing through First State Bank.
• discussed vehicle mileage charts. Police chief Robert Walker and Acker showed council members how they keep track of vehicle fill-ups, mileage, maintenance and repairs and agreed to include a summary report monthly to council members.
• decided to relocate all city deeds and easements to the vault at city hall, with copies being maintained at the utility department office.
• tabled a discussion on dredging ponds for wastewater and instituting a senior citizen discount for water bills.
• agreed to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program and adopted a Flood Damage Prevention ordinance.

Reappointments made
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–Meet the new fire marshal, same as the old fire marshal.
Henderson County Commissioners unanimously reappointed fire marshal Darrell Furrh Dec. 7. Furrh will serve a two-year term.
This will be Furrh’s first full term. He was appointed the beginning of 2010 to serve out an unexpired one-year term, vacated by John Holcomb, who left to take a post in Forney.
Furrh was lauded for the job he’s done in the past year.
“I’m happy that the people of Henderson County have seen fit to support me in the fire marshal position,” Furrh said.
Commissioners also accepted Precinct 1 Commissioner Joe Hall’s recommendation to reappoint directors Larry Moran and Tamra Brickey to Emergency Services District No. 4 in Tool, saying they’ve been doing a good job.
Tool residents Dale Price and City of Tool councilwoman Fran Sonka had both submitted letters expressing interest in the appointment.
In other action, commissioners:
• agreed setting a special election in May to allow the sale of alcohol in Athens.
Hall voted against setting the election, continuing his anti-alcohol stand.
The court’s actions when faced with such an election is merely to ensure the proper steps are followed. In this case, the procedure was followed, so there will be an election.
Two propositions will be on the ballot:
Prop. 1 – The legal sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption, only.
Prop. 2 – The legal sale of mixed beverages in restaurants by food and beverage certificate holders, only.
The issue was put forward by a group known as “Citizens for the Future of Athens.”


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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