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City officials hear about upcoming events

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MABANK–The City of Mabank heard about upcoming community events at their regular meeting Sept. 10. Tri County Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum President David Conner addressed the council, inviting members to the annual Ag Day to be held Oct. 29, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Mabank Pavilion.
Conner said he expects fourth-graders from Mabank and Eustace schools to attend, where hands-on learning of farm and ranch techniques will be provided for them. Learning about cotton and the boll weevil, milking operations and other agricultural processes will be available. Conner said the event had to be canceled last year due to all the rain and expects this year to be big. The antique tractors are always a big hit with the kids, Conner told the group.
The next big event in Mabank is the 8th Annual Mabank Jubilee to be held beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Mabank Pavilion. This year’s concert performers are Travis Bolt, Blaq Label and the Bellamy Brothers (see story on page 2A for details).
Mayor Jeff Norman signed the Proclamation making Oct. 12 Lord’s Arce Harvest Festival Day at the First Methodist Church in Mabank. The event begins with a chili supper and culminates with the Country Store on Saturday.
The council gave approval to the 2019 Property Tax Rate at .42544 for the City of Mabank. Also approved was an agreement with Henderson County for animal shelter services for the first quarter (Oct. through Jan.) billed monthly at $400 for a total of $1,200.
Michelle Dorsey, owner of MJ Auto Sales addressed the council seeking a building variance for the properly located at 2104 South Third Street in Mabank (the old Hippie Hut) for a used car lot. Dorsey said she owns a car lot in Dallas and one in Quitman and is seeking permission to place a temporary building on the lot and house 40-50 cars on the lot for sale. She told council members she offers financing on site.
Council approved the variance up to one year and asked that she “dress the building up a bit” with wainscoting or some other façade to make the building look more presentable.
In other business, council members:
• approved the request from Mabank ISD to have TxDOT place a school zone sign light in front of the Junior High School.
• approved Holidays for Mabank City Employees with no changes.
• approved a medical plan option with TML for insurance renewal.