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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 29, 2016

Opal Louise Watson Thomas Siniard was born in Bessie, Okla., June 24, 1926, and died April 25, 2016, in Lindale.
She was preceded in death by her infant brother, Baby Boy Watson, husband James Samuel Thomas, sister Jean Crow, father Bill Watson, grandson Michael Lyn McClenny, mother Doris Watson, and husband Hershel Siniard.
Survivors include her sisters, Betty Anderson and husband Erv, Patsy Kilcrease and husband Kenneth, Janet McKenzie and husband Ed; daughter Linda L. McClenny and husband Michael McClenny, sons James Stanley Thomas and wife Sondra, stepdaughter Cynthia Ann Steward, grandchildren James Samuel Thomas II and wife Tracy, Laura Jenkins and husband Stacy; step-grandchildren Ryan Stewart and wife, Mandy Speaker and husband John, Leigh Parker and husband Adam; 12 great-grandchildren, six nieces and nephews, many close friends in Kemp and Kaufman.

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 29, 2016

By David Webb
Monitor Correspondent
KEMP–Kemp Independent School District recently unveiled a new Internet website that administration officials touted as an enhanced information tool to better inform the community about school district policies and activities.
KISD’s new website is www.kempisd.org, which replaces the old website administered through a Texas Education Agency Region 10 portal. Anyone attempting to access the old website will be redirected to the new one.
KISD Director of Technology Tobin Brown told the Board of Trustees at the April 18 meeting that the new website would be easier for administration staff to update, and that it would provide more information to students, parents and other residents seeking information about the school district. He noted the community will now be able to see pictures of the school district’s staff along with their contact information, and that there would be more news disseminated to the public. “It has a much cleaner design,” Brown said.
Brown said there will also be better communication among the campuses and the administration building and improved Internet service as a result of technological advances undertaken by the school district. The trustees approved the installation of Fiber Internet Service by Century Link at a contract cost of $573 per month for 36 months and new network equipment by SHI Co. of New Jersey at a cost of $7,063. “We’re going to have a tremendous amount of speed compared to what we’ve had,” Brown said

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 29, 2016

By Sariah Kendall
Monitor Correspondent
GUN BARREL CITY–The East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District board members approved the installation of a 1,500-foot sewer force main for the Del Mar subdivision on Santa Maria to Sierra Madre. It is estimated to cost $20,715, with construction to begin mid-May. Builders anticipate the five new homes on lots there, and existing customers have expressed interest in sewer service, as well. Without the approval of this project, it would be far too costly for customers to install their own sewer.
“It’s ethical and fulfills our obligation to provide a sewer system,” Bill Goheen said. If there is an existing sewer line more people are likely to buy, but there may not be enough capacity for new builders and existing customers.
A phone survey is ongoing to determine demand for a possible extension of the project. Once built, it will be cost prohibitive to add pipeline for other lots not covered by the project, Goheen added.
The district board also approved revisions to a policy about the addition of a non-revenue producing “Guest House” on a customer’s property. The policy calls for upgrading the 5/8-inch water meter to a ¾-inch to accommodate greater water usage and water pressure. This changeover will also include an initial fee for the new meter and possibly a higher minimum fee per month. Failure to comply may result in a service interruption 25 days after notification is given.
Divers with the U.S. Underwater Services, will perform an inspection on the Brookshire Plant ground storage tanks, as well as remove any sediment build up, when they met April 20.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), approved inspection was budgeted for the year and will cost around $14,000 that will be paid out of the Operating Reserve Account. The divers will also repair any minor leaks and assess the risk for rust.
The district is hoping to initiate the service for the last week of June and continue inspections every 3 to 5 years.
The General Manager’s goals and objectives for 2016-2017 were approved. The district plans to improve infrastructure and mend water leaks.
In other business, board members:
• approved the purchase of two extended cab economy trucks, not to exceed $47,000.
• approved the purchase of two equipment trailers, not to exceed $14,000.
• approved an unbudgeted and unexpected repair to the raw water pump at the Brookshire facility, totaling $14,583. The refurbished pump is expected to be in place before water demand reaches its summer peak.