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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 27, 2014

By David Webb
Monitor Correspondent

KAUFMAN–The Kaufman County Commissioners’ Court revised onsite sewage facility regulations, implemented new fees for septic tank maintenance contracts and increased fees for installation of new systems.
Fire Marshal Randy Richards, who is also director of the Public Works Department, suggested septic tank maintenance companies pay new fees of $25 for one-year contracts and $50 for two-year contracts because of the clerical work needed to ensure rural residents maintain their aerobic systems properly.
“I felt the $25 fee was very reasonable,” Richards said.
But County Judge Bruce Wood and the commissioners disagreed. “I think we need to start off smaller,” Wood said.
The court spent 90 minutes discussing onsite sewage facilities, which included conventional and aerobic systems. Aerobic systems treat sewage to make it usable in surface irrigation so they must be monitored to ensure proper functioning.
The court agreed to fees of $10 for one-year contracts and $20 for two-year contracts. The court also asked for a change to the regulations to exclude land owners of 10 or more acres from onsite sewage facility oversight by the county.
Richards estimated 8,000 rural residences in the county operate aerobic systems that must be maintained and monitored for proper operations.
The court also agreed to raise installation fees for new systems for single-family residences from $310 to $360, commercial installations from $410 to $610, re-inspection of new residential installations from $150 to $200 and re-inspection of new commercial installations from $150 to $300. Fees for modifications to previously installed systems were raised from $150 to $200.
The new regulations take effect Dec. 1 provided they meet the approval of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
In other action, the court:
• renewed the agreement between the county and Lakes Regional Mental Health Mental Retardation Center for mental assessments of criminal defendants.
• passed a resolution to support the NorthStarBehaviorial Health Model for the county.
• reappointed Tax Assessor Collector Tonya Ratcliff to the Kaufman County Appraisal District.
• approved the placement of a water line by Gastonia on the east side of CR 4086 and the north side of CR 4084.
• approved putting a retention pond in Precinct 3 next to 9-0 Ranch Development up for sale.
• awarded the culvert maintenance contract to Wilson Culverts.
• waived the right to submit a bid to the Texas Department of Transportation for 2.8 acres at the southeast corner of U.S. Hwy 80 and FM 548.

Nov

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 27, 2014

Monitor file photo Mabank Athletic Director Tracy Carter high-fives a camper during Mabank basketball camp last June. Carter was named the new AD last week.

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Mabank Athletic Director Tracy Carter high-fives a camper during Mabank basketball camp last June. Carter was named the new AD last week.

Remains Head Basketball Coach

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor

MABANK-Mabank ISD went looking for the best man to fill the recently vacated Athletic Director position and found help from within, hiring longtime Cedar Creek Lake resident Tracy Carter.
Carter begins his duties as Athletic Director immediately and will continue his role as head boys basketball coach and director of basketball operations at Mabank, as well as teaching high school science.
Superintendent Dr. Russell Marshall said that Carter was Mabank’s top candidate because he is “an excellent human being,” and “everything he touches turns to gold.”
“First of all, Tracy Carter is an outstanding coach and teacher and is invested in the community, Marshall said. “He has proved in his time here at Mabank and the lake area that he wants what is best for the kids he coaches. Additionally, Carter is committed to building an outstanding overall athletic program and knows what it takes to motivate kids to give their best.”
Carter’s first success in the area came when he was the head basketball coach at Kemp from 2004-2007. He took a struggling ’Jackets basketball program to its first playoff appearance in 40 years, then the Yellowjackets won their first playoff game in school history the following year.
In 2008 Carter began his tenure as head coach of the Athens Hornets. In Athens he built a 100-73 record and two consecutive regional playoff appearances, including a double overtime loss to Silsbee in the regional semifinals. He is a two-time All-District Coach of the Year.
He lives in the Mabank school district with his wife, Evelyn, who is the administrative assistant to the Kemp ISD superintendent.
With the departure of Jared Wingfield, Mabank begins its search for a new head football coach and director of football operations. Wingfield served as athletic director since May 2012.

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 27, 2014

Courtesy Photo Holding the flag are George Godson, Susan Cothran and Linda Mynar.

Courtesy Photo
Holding the flag are George Godson, Susan Cothran and Linda Mynar.


Special to The Monitor
SEVEN POINTS–Sarah Maples Chapter of NSDAR member Linda Mynar explained the flag commerating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War at their Nov. 19 meeting at The Library of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points.
The traditional use of the color gold signifies a 50th anniversary. It symbolizes the specific mission of the Department of Defense program as outlined in the Congressional language “to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.”
A representation of the Vietnam Service Medal (ribbon) rests below the inner rings. The red, white, and blue inner rings represent the flag of the United States of America and recognizes all Americans, both military and civilian, who served or contributed to the Vietnam War effort.
The outer black ring serves as a reminder of those who were held as prisoner’s of war or listed as missing in action during the Vietnam War.
The black ring surrounds the red, white, and blue rings to call attention to their sacrifices, the sacrifices of their families, and the defense of our nation’s freedom. Within the blue ring are the words “Service, Valor and Sacrifice,” virtues demonstrated by our veterans during the Vietnam War.
The gold-rimmed white star located between the words “Service” and “Valor” represents hope for the families of those veterans for which there has not been a full accounting. The blue-rimmed gold star located between the words “Valor” and “Sacrifice” represents families of those veterans who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the war.
The blue star at the bottom of the inner blue ring represents the families of all veterans and symbolizes their support from home.
At the bottom of the inner blue ring are six white stars, three on each side of the blue star.
These six white stars symbolize the contributions and sacrifices made by the United States and its Allies, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Republic of Korea and Thailand.
The center circle contains a map of Vietnam in black outline relief, signifying both the country and the Vietnamese veterans who stood with our veterans. The subdued outlines of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and surrounding waters represent the area of operation where U.S. Armed Forces served.
The green laurel wreath signifies honor for all who served. The seal’s blue background is the same color as the canton in the United States Flag.
When placed next to the flags of World War 11 and the Korean War Commemoration Flags, the Vietnam War Commemoration Flag will signify the Vietnam Veterans taking their rightful place among generations of U.S. Veterans.
George Godson who was born and raised in Belleville, Ontario, Canada, in 1958, entered the Army and was trained as a Guided Weapons Officer. George served as a Technical Officer with the British Army in Northern Germany. In the latter part of 1973, George was in Saigon, South Vietnam with the International Commission for the Control and Supervision (ICCS) to administer the Paris Peace Accords that ended the war in Vietnam.
Sarah Maples became a Commemorative Partner and the flag was sent from the Department of Defense.