By David Webb
GUN BARREL CITY–Momentum is building toward the announcement of the reopening of the movie theater in Heritage Park, according to city officials.
The Gun Barrel City Council tabled an agenda item related to the approval of an agreement between the Gun Barrel City Economic Development Corp., Gun Barrel City and Home Town Cinema at a meeting Jan. 28. City manager Gerry Boren asked the council to table the item to allow the EDC time to meet with the cinema company one more time to settle more details.
Home Town Cinema, which has a theater in Terrell, is seeking a 380 Agreement with the EDC and the City to acquire incentives to go into business on Cedar Creek Lake. The 380 Agreement is a reference to chapter 380 of the Texas Local Government Code, which authorizes Texas cities to encourage economic development by awarding cash, loans, city personnel, and city services, according to the Texas City Attorneys Association.
Boren said the EDC would meet with Home Town Cinema representatives on Jan. 30, and that he anticipated the city council would call a special meeting the following week to approve the 380 Agreement so the reopening of the theater, which closed last summer because of a financial failure, could move forward.
EDC president Linda Rankin said she is optimistic that there would be good news about the movie theater announced soon. “It’s getting very close,” she said.
Rankin said she planned to visit Home Town Cinema’s theater in Terrell to check out its operation.
In other action, the council:
• called a municipal election for May 10 to place the positions of mayor and two council members, Place 2, now held by Melvyn Hayes, and Place 4, now held by Dennis Baade, on the ballot. Mayor Paul Eaton and Baade, said they plan to run for re-election Hayes has termed out and is not eligible for re-election. Candidate filing began Jan. 29 and continues through Feb. 28.
• approved the replat of two lots in Harbor Point into one lot at 315 Outboard Drive for owner Craig Jennings, who is building a separate storage building on his property. Boren said Jennings had improved the property with a nice fence and a swimming pool so he was confident of the suitability and quality of the project.
• reappointed Jim Cavanaugh and Jim Osborne to the Planning and Zoning Commission. Boren said the two men were “doing a great job” and deserved to continue in the positions.
• approved a resolution in support of the Texas Department of Transportation’s “replacement of the two State Highway 334 bridges crossing over Cedar Creek Lake and roadway expansion on the north side of the existing State Highway 334.”
• approved a resolution tying city employee reimbursement expenses to Government Services Administration rates for costs such as mileage, hotel bills and meals when employees are traveling on business for the city.
• began the annexation process for a 61-acre parcel of land owned by the EDC to the north of the city in the extraterritorial jurisdiction. The process will involve two public hearings, publication of notices of intent and a waiting period that will end March 25. Rankin said the annexation is necessary because the EDC cannot own land outside of the city limits.
• approved bids for the purchase of road materials for 2014.
Posted by : February 2, 2014| On :
By David Webb
Posted by : February 2, 2014| On :
ATHENS–Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) will host the sixth annual Southern National Intercollegiate Rodeo Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7-8.
Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening at the Henderson County Fairpark Complex with slack beginning at noon Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday.
Each night during the rodeo performance, children can compete in a Calf Scramble to win prizes.
All proceeds generated by the rodeo are given back to the students to further their education.
General admission tickets are $5 each and may be purchased in advance at Lone Star Western Wear in Athens, or on the night of the performance at the gate. Free admission will be given for those with a current TVCC ID.
Each National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) member college has its own club composed of student members and is sponsored by a faculty advisor who supervises the club’s activities.
Each year, a men’s team consisting of six members and a four-member women’s team is chosen from each school.
These team members travel to the regional rodeos competing against other NIRA member schools. Those not chosen for the team may compete on an individual basis and still be eligible for all prizes except those given to the team.
The top three contestants in each event from each of the NIRA’s 11 regions qualify to compete in the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR).
The top two men’s teams and women’s teams also qualify from the regions.
Coming from as far away as Louisiana, the event will feature approximately 400 contestants representing 20 colleges and universities including: Hill College, Southwest Texas Junior College, McNeese State University, Trinity Valley Community College, Northeast Texas Community College, Lone Star Community College – Montgomery, Panola Junior College, Texas A&M University, Sam Houston State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas A&M University – Kingsville and Wharton County Junior College.
Posted by : January 19, 2014| On :
Grants, fee hike and public response to threat of closure bolster the bottomline
By David Webb
TOOL–The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake recently received three grants totaling $45,000 from charitable organizations, putting the struggling animal shelter back on financial track, according to the president of the group’s board of directors.
Donny Shubert said the organization received $30,000 from the Meadows Foundation, $10,000 from National Globe Life and $5,000 from Maddie’s Fund. The grant money combined with $32,000 given by the community during emergency fundraising in the fall and restructured fee agreements with Henderson and Kaufman counties, along with nearby cities has given the group a big boost, he said.
“We’re in better shape today than we have been in a long time,” Shubert said. “We’re getting a great start for the new year.”
Shubert and other volunteers developed a new business plan for the group after it came close to running out of money for operations at the end of the summer.
As part of the new plan, the group asked the counties to begin paying a per-animal fee for homeless pets taken to the shelter rather than a flat rate per year and increased fees from the cities. Henderson County will now be paying $75 per animal, Kaufman County will pay $65 per animal and the cities will pay $45 per animal instead of $17.50
Both counties signed the new contracts, and all of the cities, with the exception of Seven Points, have approved the revised agreements as well, Shubert said. The Seven Points City Council tabled the agenda item at its last meeting, citing the need for further discussion because of affordability issues.
“We should be in pretty good shape,” Shubert said. “It all depends on the volume of animals we take in.”
Shubert said the group is grateful for the help it received from the community, local public officials and the charitable organizations. “People really stepped up and supported us,” he said.
Shubert said the group is considering shutting down the old building at the animal shelter and replacing it with “something new. That would be my hope, but we will have to see how things go,” Shubert said.
The group built a new building to shelter animals and greet the public about three years ago because of the age and deterioration of the old building.
Shubert said there is also consideration being given to establishing a local grant fund to pay surrender fees on animals delivered to the shelter by people who are facing severe hardships. The board of directors is still discussing the criteria, he said.
“Nobody wants to pay the fee, but some folks just really can’t,” Shubert said. “I understand that.”