Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006




 Water utility buys portable pump
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District directors authorized expenditures to meet a possible future emergency.
General manager Bill Goheen explained a twofold plan for meeting a lowered lake level to ensure uninterrupted water service.
Thursday, directors approved his plan to purchase a 50-horsepower centrifugal pump, capable of delivering 400 to 1,100 gallons per day.
Plans call for inserting a y-joint and non-collapsible six-inch line into the existing 14-inch raw water intake line and connecting it to the pump.
The emergency setup would be ready for operation should the lowering lake level expose the siphon pipe in the wet well.
An exposed pipe makes the line vulnerable to a break in vacuum should the tiniest hole, due to rust or weathering, occur in the pipe, Goheen explained.
When employed, the pump would add enough water to the wet well to keep the water level even with or higher than that of the lake, which would keep the piping covered with water.
A visual inspection of the intake station was set for Saturday, with the aid of divers from West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District.
“We’ll know then, how great, if any, a danger exists for air getting in the lines,” Goheen said.
The supplemental pump comes mounted on a skid that can be used on land or floated on a pontoon boat if that should become necessary at some point, he said.
It can also be used as an above-ground lift station to replace any three-phase lift station during repairs, Goheen added.
The cost is estimated at $14,500 and would take two weeks to arrive.
Directors also authorized Goheen to make repairs to the intake housing as deemed necessary and may best be done while the lake level is low.
Currently, the district has ordered Stage 1 of its drought contingency plan, which calls for voluntary water conservation measures.
When asked when the district would go to Stage 2, Goheen said he would monitor other communities in Tarrant Regional Supply District.
“If they go into Stage 2 we should too, since we’re all getting our supply from the same lake,” Goheen said.

Family Resource Center receives $3,500 donation from golf tournament
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–Santa made an early visit to the Family Resource Center, thanks to the Cedar Isle Restaurant and Baja Beach Club.
Restaurant owners Bernie and Lou Talbot presented a $3,500 check to the Center Wednesday.
“It is greatly appreciated. Folks around here are getting more in need. We help more people every day,” Debbie Tarno, Center employee said.
The funds will help buy food, toys and propane, she explained.
“When people come in for toys, they get a food basket as well,” Tarno added.
The funds for the donation were raised through a golf tournament held in September.
Sponsors for the tournament were B&B Foundation, Continental Battery, Cedar Creek Parrot Head Club, Cedar Creek Food Supply, Ben E-Keith Food, Ben E-Keith Beer – Budweiser, Excite Realty, Hottin Hollar Package Store, Key West Construction and M&A Distributors – Coors.
Also included were Lynn Adams Distributors– Miller, Palm Springs Estates, Joe Labarba family, Sysco Food Supply, Century 21 – Evans Realty, Sue Stallcup – Realtor, Trout’s Appliance, Party Innovations, Westside Hardware, Solar Screens of Cedar Creek, Cedar Creek Pilot, The Monitor and King’s Creek Golf Club.

Avanti donates $50K to Performing Arts group
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–The Henderson County Performing Arts Center received the matching amount needed for a proposed $250,000 grant.
Long-time Avanti Society member, supporter, and board member, Dr. John Loar presented a check for $50,000 to David Young, an assistant director for HCPAC.
Once the grant is secured, the $50,000 will be repaid to Avanti, Loar said.
Supporting arts in the lake area enhances the unity goal of The Greater Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Loar told members at the monthly Chamber luncheon, Thursday.
Forrest Attaway, marketing and education director for the lake area, spoke on the benefits the arts will bring to Cedar Creek communities.
He said 20 years ago, he performed for the first time in a production outside his scholastic realm, called “George Washington Slept Here,” with the Avanti theater group.
“I can’t tell you how moved I am and how excited about the future of the lake area,” Attaway said.
“It’s things like a civic theater that raises the quality of life,” he added.
“The Henderson County Performing Arts Center (HCPAC), in association with the Avanti Society have merged efforts to provide Performing and Fine Arts activities in the Greater Cedar Creek Lake area,” the HPAC announced..
“After several months of negotiations, the two parties are in the process of developing agreements that will initiate programs for the lake area communities as early as February,” the announcement said..
Drama programs in acting, dancing, stage construction, camps and after-school activities head the list of programs that HCPAC will provide as a partner of the Avanti Society.
Eventually, the two combined theater groups will begin construction on a new 135-seat theater facility in the Mabank area.
The theater will serve as a showcase space to produce activities in the lake area for years to come.
The HCPAC will carry out the day-to-day management activities of the new theater location.
“The HCPAC and the Avanti Society look for good things to come in future months,” the announcement stated.