Posted by : November 27, 2013| On :
Moorhead-Epps Funeral Home owners and staff (from left) Jerry and Jamie Moorhead, Savannah Fegter and John Epps stand in front of the memorial Christmas tree Nov. 19 as they host the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours. Tributes to loved ones can be written on a paper dove and placed on the tree during the holiday season. After the season, Moorhead-Epps Funeral Home will laminate the tribute and mail it to the person placing the memorial. Moorhead-Epps is located at 750 E. Main in Gun Barrel City and can be reached by calling (903) 880-0200.
More photos from this event can be found in the November 28, 2013 issue of The Monitor.
Posted by : November 23, 2013| On :
By David Webb
The Monitor Correspondent
PAYNE SPRINGS–The Payne Springs City Council installed two new members at its Tuesday meeting.
Mayor Pro Tem Michael McDonald stepped down from the council, and new members Ron Spahlinger and Ethel Hagin took the oath of office along with returning incumbent Linda Carr. Then the council appointed Carr as mayor pro tem.
Mayor Rodney Renberg presented McDonald with a plaque of appreciation and praise for his many years of service on the council.
Before the new members took their seats, the council took up several items of existing business. The council rejected a motion by McDonald to move the seating of the new members up on the agenda after an objection by Carr. “I feel we have some issues this council needs to address before we seat the new council,” Carr said.
Immediately after police Sgt. Matt Edmonds presented his police report, Carr asked for an item regarding police issues on the agenda addressed by the council in executive session. The council retired to closed session for about 35 minutes, but it took no action when it returned. Closed sessions generally involve personnel or legal issues.
Several residents attending the meeting who live in the area of FM 316 and CR 2851, CR 2854 and CR 2852 asked to be disannexed from the city because they complained the city had failed to properly maintain their roads.
McDonald said the disannexation did not make sense because the area is within the geography of the city. Council members promised the city would soon make repairs to the roads, and it tabled the agenda item for later review.
A request for a business permit to open a scrap metal business to be known as Just Scrap It led to a divided council vote. McDonald said he supported the plan for the Malakoff business owner to expand to Payne Springs because it would be 90 percent contained in an inside environment and not an eyesore. Carr objected to it, saying she didn’t want Payne Springs to become known as a center for scrap metal businesses. Council member Michael Juica sided with Carr while council member Nathan Gilbreath voted with McDonald.
Renberg broke the tie by voting for the business permit’s award. “This man is running a clean business, and I can’t turn him away,” he said. “I vote for it.”
Don Kinney presented his 2012 audit to the council, saying the city appeared to be in “reasonably good shape financially.” He noted the impound lot made about $30,000 profit. “I have not seen too many impound lots that make money,” Kinney said.
Council members noted that the land for the impound lot is leased to the city for only $268 per year, which is the amount of the property taxes on it.
Posted by : November 23, 2013| On :
Lake Palestine will connect to CCL and on to Metroplex
By Susan Harrison
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY –Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) program manager Kathy Berek was the guest speaker at the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon Nov. 19 at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant in Gun Barrel City.
Caddo is the only natural lake in Texas. All other lakes were built for water and flood control, she said.
Berek explained the regional partnership TRWD has with the city of Dallas Water Utilities is to build an integrated pipeline to connect Lake Palestine with Cedar Creek Lake and up to the Metroplex.
“By building the project together, there will be savings by having a larger pump system that will result in energy savings,” Berek explained.
“It makes sense to do this because we are so geographically close.”
The entire project will take more than 20 years and the plan is to be pumping water by 2020 from Cedar Creek Lake.
“We (TRWD) have the right to pump 156 million gallons per day but currently we only pump 127,” Berek said, but added that they need to pump 30 million more.
It will be between 2025 and 2030 before water is available from Lake Palestine.
The project includes six pump stations starting with Lake Palestine, Richland Chambers Reservoir, Cedar Creek Lake and three more toward the Metroplex.
The four primary wholesale customers of TRWD are the cities of Fort Worth, Arlington and Mansfield plus the Trinity River Authority. Their service area includes 70 cities in 11 counties. It is permitted 523 million gallons of water per day and has a projected need of 879 in 2060.
Dallas Water Utilities has both wholesale and retail rates with over 25 wholesale customer cities covering 699 square miles. It has a permitted 598 million gallons of water per day and projects a need of 887 in 2060.
The good news is that TRWD and Dallas Water Utilities participate in water conservation programs that have saved a total of 270 billion gallons of water over the past 10 years.
Gun Barrel City sponsored the November chamber luncheon and Economic Development Corporation (EDC) vice president Gary Damiano announced that the EDC was accepting applications for $50,000 minimum business loans.
“We (EDC) are participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business Enterprise Matching Grant,” announced Damiano.
To qualify, the business must not be a major corporation, have sales under $1M per year, under 50 employees and have 61 percent American ownership.
Potential uses include acquiring land, development, construction, remodeling, technology, pollution control or loan start-ups, Damiano explained.
“The EDC will want to know your goals, working capital, abilities and potential from the business,” Damiano said.
“We expect every $10,000 of the loan to create one new job.”
Applicants must submit an application and a business plan plus pass a credit and background check. The application deadline is April 2014 and the loan rates are about two percent.
In other business, chamber members heard:
• ambassador president Becky Hepker named Floors 4U owner Abdul Abdin as November’s Business of the Month.
• contact the chamber to ring the Salvation Army bell at Walmart Dec. 7.