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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 30, 2016

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–The Gun Barrel City Economic Development Corporation board agreed to share the annual cost of capturing video of its proceedings in 2017 with the city of Gun Barrel. The expense comes to $1,194. However, its members also set as a summer intern project to set the EDC up on a free online video service, such as YouTube and to archive its own meetings making them available through its website.
Steven Schiff made a strong argument that since the city already owns the hardware that the expense from here onward amounts to licensing fees for the software and that the same type of software is available for free use on the internet. “There should be no disruption in what we are doing now,” Schiff said.
In other business Nov. 15, EDC members:
• approved sponsorship of the GBC Quilters Guild in the amount of $2,500 as discussed and agreed upon at its Oct. 11 meeting.
• granted up to $5,000 for a Façade Improvement Program to SWAGG Hairstyles, seeing all final paperwork is submitted and verified. The grant must also gain city council approval, it was noted.
• agreed to pay an invoice from the City for the EDC’s portion of the General Liability and Errors and Omissions Insurance for 2016-17 in the amount of $1,273. The sum represents a 58 percent increase due primarily to the Skate Park and Big Chief Landing. Once these projects are completed and handed over to the city, the premiums to the EDC will be reduced and prorated.
• approved a bid from Mosley Contracting for a one time Brush Hog mowing of EDC property located on Church Street not to exceed $300.

Nov

24

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 24, 2016

By David Barber
Monitor Staff Writer
CANTON–Five companies, including four in Texas, have already turned in bids to provide commissary services for the Van Zandt County Jail, prior to the Dec. 1, 2:30 p.m. deadline.
County Judge Don Kirkpatrick requested that the sealed bids be opened in front of the commissioners as soon as possible, following the deadline.
Commissioners also agreed to solicit bid proposals for an in-car camera system for the sheriff’s department, when they met Nov. 7.
County Auditor Freddie Thomas informed commissioners the cost to the county will be in the range of $65,000-$69,000 for the in-car camera system and that a $50,000 grant request has been approved.
The deadline for the advertising for bids on the in-car camera system will be Monday, Dec. 21 at 2 p.m.
Commissioners approved a resolution to abandon Texas and State streets, along with certain alleys in the original town of Myrtle Springs. Pct. 2 County Commissioner Virgil Melton presented the move on the seven-and-a-half-acre tract in the J. Salingua survey, abstract number 765 and the W. Ferrell survey number 861, located in block 28 and 29, recorded in Glide 75-A, plat records of Van Zandt County.”
When surveyors have completed their work, they will present a quick claim deed for Judge Don Kirkpatrick to sign on behalf of the county. Commissioners agreed to authorize Kirkpatrick to take care of the matter.
In other business, commissioners:
• approved a resolution to accept for recording purposes the plat of the Oakwood Trails subdivision on Private Road 6120 near the Old Kaufman Rd., owned by Billy Jack Deen.
• approved the purchase of regular license plates for two newly acquired exempt vehicles the sheriff’s department.
• accepted submitted reports from various county government offices and departments.
• approved budget amendments for fiscal year 2017, regarding a general entry for the road and bridges account from Precinct 3 to Precinct 4 was approved.
• granted a request from Thomas to pay all telephone bills upon receipt, and ratify those payments after the fact. The payments of all other utility bills are handled in a similar manner, Thomas said.
• heard from Ronnie Jones during public comment his concern to the commissioners that minutes of previous meetings are being approved without any discussion. Jones also requested clarification on agenda items in general and asked the commissioners to “plan ahead” when putting together their agendas for the meetings. There was no comment from the commissioners after Jones concluded his remarks.
• set the next regular meeting of the county commissioners court at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13.

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 24, 2016

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By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–The East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District board reseated two of the three officers up for re-election. Harry McCune and Ted Bayless were sworn-in for another four years of service, without opposition. While Carol Meyer, having served for 14 years as district treasurer stepped down from her position to enjoy a much-deserved retirement from the board. President McCune stated her accomplishments as a Board Member –her professionalism and contributing direction will be deeply missed.
“We will miss you greatly,” McCune said. “We appreciate your long and faithful service to this board and to the district’s water customers.”
With Meyer’s completed term and now vacant seat, the board is seeking someone from the community to apply for the appointment. The board unanimously approved to initiate advertising for ECCFWSD customers who reside within the district to pick up an application packet and submit it for board consideration.
The board chose Ted Bayless to fill the role of treasurer and he accepted the nomination. Other officers were returned to their prospective committee assignments as follows:
• Finance Committee:  Bayless, Allen Brier and McCune
• Operation Committee: Dick Watkins, Joe Lomonaco and McCune
•Personnel Committee: Larry Bratton, McCune and whoever replaces Meyer on the board.
In other business, board members:
• transferred $101,483.13 from Bond Interest and Sinking Certificate of Deposit into Operation Reserve account to make the annual debt payment. Goheen explained to The Monitor that the bonds carried by the district amount to a rotating 20-year loan, with the older bond being refinanced as newer loans are sought at better interest rates.
• heard bid letting is set for Dec. 20 on Phase I of a North Side Water System Improvement project. The improvement of the water line includes eight flush units which could power up to 35 fire hydrants. The final design nears completion. The project gives an opportunity for the city and the district to work together to benefit the citizens, Goheen said. However, the project still requires city council approval to share in the costs and exact number of hydrants. The greater the number, the greater the cost savings, Goheen said.
• approved the purchase of a raw water meter for the Brookshire Water Treatment Plant in the amount of $2,498. The unbudgeted capital improvement is to be paid out of Operating Reserves.
• approved holiday gift certificates in the amount of $50 for each fulltime employee.