Feb

23

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 23, 2015

Lake Area Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at its new location beginning March 1. The new location is at 105 W Mt. Vernon St. in Mabank. Meeting times are noon and 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m. Sunday, 6:30 p.m. Thursday (11th step) and 6:30p.m. Friday (women’s) Alanon meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. For more information, email lakeareaaa@gmail.com

Feb

22

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 22, 2015

Hikes in health insurance, raw water prompt rate increase

By David Webb
Monitor Correspondent

GUN BARREL CITY–The East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District Board of Directors approved increases to water and sewer rates Wednesday.
The new rates reflect a 5.8 percent increase to the base water rate and an increase of 25 cents per 1,000 gallons and an increase of 4 percent to the wastewater base rate and 15 cents per 1,000 gallons.
The board attributed the need for the increase in rates to a 20 percent increase in employee health insurance rates and a 21 percent increase in raw water costs from the Tarrant Regional Water District. Other supplies used by the district amounted to an average of 5 percent increases by vendors, according to district officials.
The board raised the rates on the recommendation of the finance committee following examination of revenues and expenses.
District officials advised rate increases would be necessary during previous meetings.
The district will post a public notice before implementing rate increases, and the new rates will become effective the following month.
In other action, the board:
• approved a final payment of $14,220 to H&H Electrical Contractors for electrical upgrades required for the new trailer-mounted generator that will be used during outages.
• approved payment of $58,042 to AAA Sanitation for No. 61 and No. 29 Lift Station replacements.
• approved payment of $10,106 to AAA Sanitation for piping at the Brookshire Water Treatment Plant’s sludge transfer station.
• purchased a new one-half ton Colorado pick-up from Caldwell Country Chevrolet.
• approved a payment not to exceed $20,000 to purchase lift monitoring units.
• approved paying AAA Sanitation $2,900 to rehabilitate the Northwest Water Treatment oxidation ditch.
• approved paying $4,175 to Tidy Toilets for hauling wastewater away from Northwest Water Treatment Plant.
• approved paying $1,985 to Siemens for an effluent flow monitor at the Southwest Water Treatment Plant.
• approved the pay scale and organization chart and budget for the new fiscal year 2015-2016
• awarded the annual audit work to Conway Co. CPAs.

Feb

22

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 22, 2015

Courtesy Photo Club members (from left) Faye Laycock, Jan Baxley and Donna Kay Cooper discuss the best way to arrange the flowers in their vases.

Courtesy Photo
Club members (from left) Faye Laycock, Jan Baxley and Donna Kay Cooper discuss the best way to arrange the flowers in their vases.


Special to The Monitor
SEVEN POINTS–The Cedar Creek Lake Garden Club sponsored The Seven Minute Curve, a free, hands-on community workshop in floral design at The Library at Cedar Creek Feb. 5.
The workshop was presented by Rachel Beer, and long-time garden club members Donna Malik and Hyta Sims.
Topics discussed include floral design and vocabulary critique, drying, preserving, and coloring plant materials, and creating individual arrangements using primarily locally acquired dried materials.
The floral compositions ranged in size and scale from mini-bouquets to large free-standing arrangements, and made use of both formal and informal design elements.
More photos from this event can be found in the Sunday, February 22, 2015 issue of The Monitor.