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Council approves preliminary proposal for nursing home

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KEMP–Kemp City Council members approved the preliminary plat proposal for a 90 bed nursing and rehabilitation center in the J.S. Ables Survey. The center would be located on 5.553 acres and hire approximately 105-110 employees. This is the first step of many prior to any construction taking place.
Council members also approved of the property at 104 E. 11th Street being changed from commercial to a single family dwelling. This is at the bequest of the owner Pamela Easton who is selling a property out of town and needs to use the Kemp property as a living quarters for three people until a purchase of a permanent home can be made. The variance request is good for only one year and then Easton must face the council again regarding the same matter.
In other news, council members:
• approved the first Tuesday in October as National Night Out.  Chief Martin said the event is a good forum for folks to meet and greet their neighbors, make friends and talk to police  officers and firefighters.
• heard auditors Evans & Knauth, PLLC opinion of all statements were  presented fairly as of Sept. 30, 2018.
The general fund has just under $1.2 million and expenditures totaled  $1,039, 503 for a surplus of $156,000. Transfer items out of general fund were $237,949 which left a deficit of $81,209.
The water sewer fund has a $1,017,000 balance with $1,000,104 expenditures.
• approved  interlocal cooperation agreement for land sale with Kaufman County Commissioner Pct. 4 because they are running out of space and wish to fence off the area and build a barn.
• approved a proposal from Suez Utility Service Co. for maintenance of the south elevated tower.
• approved entering an agreement with master electrician Troy McCraw for inspections and code enforcement on an as needed basis only.
Re-elected council members were sworn in. Those members included Mayor Pro Tem Barry Lummus,  Mayor Laura Peace and Councilwoman Christi Neal.

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