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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 26, 2016

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
TOOL–West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District directors learned the Public Utility Commission had set Aug. 25 to hear its application to expand its jurisdiction to include the City of Kemp and its water customers.
General manager Tony Ciardo noted that the PUC had rejected its application twice before. At least now, the application has bene accepted and is undergoing a review. “We expect the PUC to return with directives for us to perform before the application becomes effective. We have all the (required) notices filled out and ready to disburse, but we can’t until we’re given the OK,” he explained.
Locally, everyone involved is for it, he added.
In other business, directors Eldon Cox, David Lewis, Clifton Smith and Wanda Sanders:
• reviewed a request from Roy Walker to remove the service charges from his account and restore water service. After a lengthy discussion, both parties agreed to see what a judge will rule in the charge of theft of service. Walker maintained his innocence and ignorance of any such thing. He said he’s been hauling buckets of water from elsewhere to his home for essential use.
• noted a pile of returned letters dating back to Oct. 29, 2015 to a commercial customer, who changed its billing address without notifying the district. Office personnel continued to make courtesy calls to warn the customer of impending service disruption for nonpayment and someone came to pay the bill. On Aug. 12 the district received the backlog of return to sender mail from the Dallas post office. “This has been a real nuisance.” Ciardo said.

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 26, 2016

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By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–Two lake area rivals squared off Tuesday evening in Panther Gymnasium for a volleyball showdown for all the bragging rights. When the dust settled, Mabank were victors over Kemp in four sets to take the match win.
Although Mabank won the match by scores of 25-15, 25-20, 24-26 and 25-11; the big takeaway from the evening was the vast improvement of the Kemp squad since last year.
“I think Kemp has improved tremendously,” Mabank Head Coach Stacy Shelton said. “They really kept us on our toes in the second and third sets.”
Kemp Head Coach Mike Hill reported that, according to a conversation between him and Coach Shelton, it was the first time since 2000 that Kemp took a set off Mabank in volleyball.
Mabank stormed out of the gate in game one, gathering a 7-0 lead before Kemp got on the board. The Lady Panthers increased the lead to 19-5 before Kemp managed a nice rally and momentum swing to bring the score to 24-15. Mabank won the set 25-15.
Game two saw immediate improvement from the Lady Yellowjackets. Kemp led the majority of the match and sprung out to a 11-6 lead before Mabank began clawing back in the game. The Lady Panthers eventually equalized the score 13-13 and 15-15 before taking the lead for good 17-16. Mabank won the match 25-20.
Kemp finally got a set victory in game three, 26-24 before Mabank nailed the hammer in the coffin with a game four 25-11 win.
Both teams used the game to help gear up for weekend tournaments. Mabank’s record improves to 9-6 and will be playing in the Tyler Invitational this weekend. Kemp’s record drops to 4-5 and travels to the Edgewood Tournament.
“We have a really tough tournament this weekend and will see some great teams,” Shelton said. “We need to be able to play with the big guns to help us prepare for district play.”
Kylan Watters led the way for Kemp’s defense with 30 digs, followed by Evelyn Mirele’s 22. Carley Delaney scored two aces and Watters had one. Alicia Dennis led the offense with six kills.
Stats were not available for the Lady Panthers.
In other action, the Lady Panthers freshman volleyball team defeated Kemp’s JV squad.

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 26, 2016

By Emmalee Doss
Monitor Correspondent
GUN BARREL CITY–Gun Barrel City Council members reappointed three now serving on the Economic Development Corp. board, approved two EDC business loans, and a series of ordinances regarding court and business fees.
Mayor Pro Tem Rob Rea, EDC president Steven Schiff, and Holland Whitney will be reseated on the EDC board. Councilwoman Linda Rankin asked if the applicants would be available the second Tuesday of every month for the scheduled regular board meetings. Councilman David Skains noted that it would be difficult to account and plan for that specific date every month for the duration of the term upon appointment. Rea recounted his perfect attendance record since Oct 14, (2015). Schiff responded that it was difficult for the entire board to make every single meeting, given that they serve as volunteers with other priorities.
After the discussion all council members agreed to the appointments, with Rea abstaining.
The council ratified two EDC loans totaling $180,000. A loan of $150,000 will be going to Lakeland Medical Associates for the purchase of new equipment for the expansion of the OB-GYN clinic. The second loan, for $30,000 will go to Tip Top Tires for the purchase of realignment equipment, a freight liner and a hoist. “Mr. Huskin has a good record with the EDC concerning his reliability with payments and responsibility with loans,” Rea said.
Council members approved two ordinances pertaining to court fees. The Municipal Court Judge may add a fee of $25 to the normal $50 warrant fee for those who fail to appear before the court. In addition, a Security Fund was established to be funded by a $3 court fee. This fund will support the purchase of security measures for the city court, including metal detectors, security cameras, bailiffs, warrant officers, signs, alarms, etc. Also a $4 fee is established to fund court technology, such as computers and software.
Those businesses with permits and or licenses to serve or sell alcoholic beverages in the city will also have to pay a city fee equal to half the fee it is already paying to the state.
In other business, council members:
• set the September meeting to Sept. 20, one week earlier than its usual date of Sept. 27.
• approved a Tax Levy at the current rate of zero cents per $100 property valuation.
• held a public hearing and approved the replat of property owned by Jeffrey and Pamela Bohana.