Sunday, June 4, 2006


Log Cabin plans $1.8M bond issue
Sewer project needs cash infusion to move forward
By Joan Guertin
Monitor Correspondent

LOG CABIN–The city of Log Cabin intends to issue Certificates of Obligation, totaling $1.8 million, to pay for the completion of the city’s sewer project.
In a special meeting Wednesday, the council passed a resolution to publish a legal notice in local papers.
A public hearing is set for Monday, June 19, to review comment from the community on the city’s intent to borrow the large sum.
In other business, the council:
• voted to change park hours to a closing time of 9:30 p.m. nightly.
The current schedule, 11 p.m. on weeknights and midnight on weekends, has resulted in excessive use of the beach and picnic areas for late-night parties. It was agreed greater enforcement was necessary.
Despite warnings that glass containers are not allowed, both the picnic and swimming areas are constantly littered with glass bottles, council members heard. Last week, a youngster was cut by broken glass in the swimming area.
Fishermen are excluded from the closing hours, as fishing is permitted 24 hours.
• agreed to contract with Seven Points to use its jail facility.
Those breaking the law and defying Log Cabin ordinances will be served a warrant issued by the Seven Points magistrate at a cost of $25 to Log Cabin.
The fine for infractions is $500. The balance of the fine, less the magistrate’s cost, will be returned to Log Cabin.
• approved the purchase of two signs alerting motorists to the presence of children on Doc Holiday roadway.
A family residing on the road requested a sign for a blind/handicapped child.
Inquiries to a sign manufacturer resulted in an estimate of $52.05 to $72.60 per sign, depending on size. Two signs were requested.
A call to the Texas Municipal League confirmed that the city is under no obligation to provide such a sign.
Mayor Gene Bearden offered the family a pair of existing signs, alerting the presence of a deaf child. However, the family was very specific in its demand for signs warning of a blind/handicapped child.
Further discussion resulted in a decision to provide two signs alerting “Children Present,” which could be utilized in other parts of the park should they be needed, since the family requesting their placement are renters, and likely will be temporary residents of the city.

Mabank plans second fire station
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–As the area grows, so does the need for community-supplied services, such as fire and police protection.
Mabank Fire Station No. 2 is already on the drawing board, Fire Marshal John Holcomb confirmed.
Plans are underway for a 40x50 two-bay station, with a dedicated day room and sleeping quarters.
Property for the station was donated by Roger Groom.
“Preliminary cost is around $40,000 for the slab and the (building) shell,” Holcomb said. “We hope to get started on the new station by the end of August.”
A fire engine (with medical equipment on board) will be stationed there in the beginning to satisfy insurance rules, Holcomb explained.
Under the Insurance Services Office (ISO), the organization that sets each city’s ISO rating (which, in turn, affects everybody’s homeowners insurance rates), the city needs another fire station.
“Those living beyond five miles from the fire station are in an unprotected area, which causes their insurance rates to climb,” Holcomb explained.
The growth near Cedar Creek Country Club, which includes parts of the Country Club and Lighthouse Landing subdivisions, plus the brand-new The Ranch at Cedar Creek Lake development, has prompted the need for a second fire station.
“It will be great for those subdivisions and any future growth in that area,” Holcomb explained.
It is the future growth that has others concerned, as well.
With the increase in the number of homes in the area, it is anticipated approximately 2,000 people will reside in an area far outside downtown Mabank.
“We have to build another station to keep our ISO rating,” Mabank Mayor Larry Teague said.
If the city receives an upward change in its ISO rating, it might take as long as a year to get another review and a better ISO rating, Teague explained.
An upward change probably would mean an increase in insurance rates for Mabank residents, he said.
“I believe we need to move forward with it (the new fire station) as soon as possible,” Teague said.
Plans are for Mabank Fire Station No. 2 to be smaller version of the Mabank Fire Station, he said.
“This will be a city station, not a rural station,” Teague said. “It is a big step. It is needed. We are going to end up with a lot of people living on that peninsula.
“But, that is our plan, to build a second station based on need and population,” he said.
Funds for the construction are expected to come from several providers, including some future fund-raisers, Holcomb said.


Groundbreaking slated for new Kemp convenience station
Special to the Monitor
KEMP–A groundbreaking ceremony set for 10 a.m. Thursday, June 15, will mark the official start of work on the new Kemp Convenience Station.
Kaufman County was awarded $100,000 to build a Citizen’s Convenience Station through the North Central Council of Governments and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
“We have worked hard for 18 months to obtain this project, and we are anxious to start work,” Precinct 4 Commissioner Jim Deller said.
“This will be a great service to our citizens,” Deller added.
The county has been waiting eagerly to receive the blueprints of the new station from their engineering firm, KC Environmental Co-op director Marilyn May said.
The blueprints are in, opening the way for a groundbreaking and the beginning of construction of the station, she added.
Completion of the station is expected late this year, May predicted.
But Deller is looking for an earlier opening.
“We are hoping for completion within 90 days,” he said.
The station will be located at Plainview Road, on the east side of U.S. Highway 175 and Business 175, and is the third such station in Kaufman County.
“Because there is no landfill in the county, it is very important to have a drop-off point for citizens to dispose of their trash, brushy waste and recyclables,” May said.
Citizens will be able to purchase coupons and take their solid waste to the station for disposal. There will be no charge for recyclables.
Although the facility primarily will be for those residing in the southern portion of the county, “The station will be open to all residents of Kaufman County,” Deller explained.
Details will be forthcoming over the next six months through newspaper articles, flyers and talks to various civic organizations and schools in Kemp, Scurry, Rosser, Combine and Mabank areas, May said.
For information on how your organization can arrange a presentation on the new Kemp Convenience Station, call the environmental Co-op at (972) 524-0007.


Drugs seized in two busts
Monitor Staff Reports
POST OAK BEND–Law enforcement collected a stash of Valium and Xanax pills, methamphetamine and steroids with a street value of $250,000.
The Kaufman County S.W.A.T. team executed a search warrant to a residence in Post Oak Bend May 22.
The team confiscated 20,000 Valium pills, more than 1,000 Xanax pills and more than four grams of methamphetamines (crystal meth). In addition several unidentified types of liquid steroids were found.
Officers took James Clinton Squires, 37, into custody and charged him with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.
Further, Squires is being held in the Kaufman County detention facility for a parole violation. Bail for the drug charge has been set at $300,000.
In Seven Points the morning of May 17, officers Sam Henson and Sgt. Kenneth Martin responded to a call at Sonic Drive-In reporting a possible narcotics transaction, which resulted in two arrests and the confiscation of a quarter-pound of marijuana.
Justin P. Flowers, 19, of Mabank was charged with possession, less than two ounces, and Tiffany A. Gates, 20, of Kemp was charged with delivery of marijuana, over ¼ ounce, but less than 5 pounds.