Sunday, March 12, 2006



  Woman Killed by Dog
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

KAUFMAN-A tragic attack by the family dog, a female great Dane, resulted in the death of Dorothy Mayfield, 70.
Mayfield was baby-sitting her 3-year-old grandchild when the dog attacked, going for her throat.
The incident occurred at approximately 5 p.m. March 2.
The family lives off County Road 4095, near the community of Warsaw.
"We checked and there were no past calls involving the dog," Sgt. David Warnack of the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department said.
Daughter-in-law Rosemary Mayfield tried to come to the aid of the victim and was also attacked.
"Her husband, George Mayfield, came in and was able to get the animal off," Warnack said.
The two women were transported by helicopter to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas where the older woman was pronounced dead.
The dog ran out of the house and when help arrived was still aggressive, Warnack said.
It was destroyed in front of the home and the head sent off for rabies testing.
The dog tested negative for rabies.


Expansion Continues at ECCFWSD Wastewater Plant
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY-The East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District has nearly completed another portion of the expansion at the North Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The walls of the oxidation ditches have been raised one foot, increasing the volume of wastewater the plant can circulate in its two "racetracks" at one time.
The district accepted a bid from Black Masonry for less than $25,000 to do the work.
The second phase of the project involves raising the iron catwalk a corresponding 12 inches, along with replacing the electrical wiring and conduit, which runs the length of the catwalk.
The conduit and electrical wiring has been needing replacement for some time, general manager Bill Goheen told The Monitor. 
Bids on this electrical work will be up for the board's review at its next meeting, Wednesday, March 15.
To date, the district has progressed on its expansion plans by:
* installing a 606,000-gallon equalization tank to reduce surges in flow through the plant and its attendant piping, pumps and computer-operated controls.
Payment for this was split between two funding sources, including a low-interest loan earmarked for plant expansion.
* replacing eight rotors in the oxidation ditches, and
* raising the walls of the oxidation ditches one foot.
Left on the district's "to do" list - established Jan. 15, 2003 - in order to be in compliance with the district's application to increase its state treatment permit up to 750,000 gallons per day, is:
* adding a third, 35-foot diameter clarifier
* adding chemical treatment equipment for nutrient (ammonia nitrogen and total phosphorus) removal, consisting of storage tanks, spill containment, chemical feed pumps and controls. 
Once completed, the plant, which serves customers of Gun Barrel City and nearby areas, officially will be able to handle an additional 124,000 gallons of wastewater per day. 
In addition to increasing the plant's capacity, the district must reduce the amount of phosphorous to meet new Texas Commission on Environmental Quality standards (phosphorous is a naturally occurring compound found in domestic waste), reducing amounts to no more than 2 parts per million, and under some conditions, to 1 ppm.
Without that phosphorous requirement, the two existing clarifiers would already be rated to treat 750,000 g/d, according to a Freese & Nichols master plan, approved in January, 1997, Goheen said. 
The district is currently running a 30-day test to see if the 1 ppm phosphorus standard can be achieved by just adding a liquid alum product.
If not, the district will need an additional treatment process, such as adding a third clarifier.
According to the district's current TCEQ permit, issued Sept. 30, 2004, the ECCFWSD has three years from that time to reduce total phosphorus to the new limitations, as recorded in the Oct. 20, 2004, board meeting minutes.
The funds to pay for the expansion are being provided by a low-interest $1.5 million loan from the Texas Water Development Board, received toward the end of 2004.
Most of that money is now being held in certificates of deposit, drawing 2.4 percent interest.
The year-to-date interest accrued on all accounts from April, 2005, to January totaled $76,155.71.
The board may decide to change the scope of the expansion at the north wastewater plant from what was previously stipulated in its Jan. 15, 2003, minutes.
In that case, leftover funds from the loan can be reallocated to "anything that's affiliated with waste water improvements," Goheen said.
That could include projects such as upgrading lift stations, or paying for upgrades in the wastewater collection system to reduce inflow and infiltration (I&I).
Inflow is water coming into the wastewater collection system from above ground, such as storm runoff, while infiltration is water coming into the system from below ground, usually through breaks in existing sewer mains.
Improving lift stations and replacing old, cracked sewer lines with new lines are steps to prevent I&I water from getting into the collection system.
That saves the district money - it's not paying the cost of treating rainwater - and reduces the overall burden on the plant. 
Once the funds are completely disbursed, then loan repayment will begin by both current and future rate payers, former general manager E.H. "Bud" Henry clarified in a recent interview.
"Those are the constituents the board represents, not just the current or past rate payers," Henry told The Monitor.
"I don't understand the attitude the district seems to take toward growth in Gun Barrel City," he said, recalling a meeting of the city's Economic Development Corporation board and two ECC board members in December. 
Residents of Payne Springs, Enchanted Oaks and subdivisions in the southern portion of the district are served by the South Wastewater Treatment Plant near the entrance to Enchanted Oaks, Henry pointed out.
Those plants are relatively new, having been built between 1996 and 1998, with the cost being shared by all rate payers, including those in GBC. 
Plants serving GBC were completed in 1979. "While they remain quality plants, their capacities need to be increased to serve the growth in the GBC area," Henry stressed.
To complete the terms of its permit application, the district has also agreed to remove 13,400 cubic yards of sludge from Prairie Creek Cove at its own expense. 
This long-anticipated project is just about ready to be put out to bid, as the last green light has been given by the U.S. Corps of Engineers and the federal Environmental Protection Agency, according to consulting engineer Chris Weeks of Velvin & Weeks Consulting Engineers in Athens.

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Shot from the catwalk, this photo shows one of the eight rotors that keep water circulating at 5 cubic feet/second in one of two "race tracks" at the East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District's North Wastewater Treatment Plant. 


Police Capture Robbers
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY-Gun Barrel City police believe they are close to rounding up all the suspects in a rash of burglaries in the Willowwood and Arbolado subdivisions.
Two men are in custody in connection with a Feb. 28 robbery of a Butler Street home after dark. 
Entry was made through a window while no one was home, according to police reports. 
Gun Barrel City resident Matt Hill, 17, was arrested the morning after and property recovered included two shotguns, a DVD player, shoes and some jewelry.
A second man, Edgar Henderson, 18, also of GBC, was apprehended as well in connection with the same burlary. 
Both were transported to the Henderson County Jail in Athens.
Police believe a third person is involved.
Investigators have solid information and evidence on these incidents and expect to make more arrests soon, GBC Sgt. Jerry Moore said.