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02

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 2, 2017

Teri Caswell (left) of Faith in Action receives personal care items from the Henderson County Republican Club members, represented by President Anne Sherrill and Caron and Delbert Yelsma.

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–Henderson County Attorney Clint Davis brought an entertainment slide presentation going over the changes in recent gun laws to educate members of the Henderson County Republicans Club at their monthly dinner meeting Jan. 26 at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant in Gun Barrel City.
Texas is one of 15 states requiring a license to carry a handgun beyond one’s private property, 30 other states do not require one, Davis said.
Those qualifying for a handgun license are Texas residents for at least six month, the age of 21 or over without any felony convictions, and certified during a 4-6 hour gun safety class.
Non-license holders may have guns at their home or property properly stored without access to any under the age of 17. If carried in your vehicle or watercraft, it must be concealed. And the person in possession of a handgun must not be engaged in the commission of a crime greater than a Class C. (This excludes speeding tickets, Davis explained.) A charge of D.W.I is considered a Class A or B Misdemeanor and would be a problem for a non-licensed handgun holder. Also, you must not be a criminal gang member and have a handgun in your vehicle, Davis said. They are lawful to have while hunting or fishing.
No guns whatsoever are allowed at amusement parks, places of worship, courts, polling places, at any meeting of a governmental body, sporting events, race tracks, any federal property (including Post Offices), on public transportation, bars and night clubs where 51 percent of their revenues come from the sale of alcohol, hospitals, nursing homes and airports, unless checked and unloaded.
CHL holders may carry any caliber, open or concealed, holstered in belt or shoulder belt. Carrying in the hand is not allowed. CHL is a proper form of ID. There is no limit to the number of guns being carried in holsters on waist or shoulder belts.
Guns may be carried at public universities; not on junior colleges until Aug. 1, this year to give time for colleges to establish reasonable rules.
Businesses and Private Property may forbid guns by posting one of two signs with specified language in a conspicuous place in block lettering one-inch high in both English and Spanish. Signs preventing open carry are specified by statute 30.06 and those preventing concealed carry is 30.07. Absolutely no unlicensed gun carrier is allowed to carry into businesses selling alcohol. Also, a business owner may give personal notice to someone through speech or handing them a small lettered notice, such as a calling card. Employees of such businesses may carry their guns in their vehicles but not in company-owned vehicles if they have a policy against the possession of guns on their premises.
Government can’t limit guns in mixed-use buildings, only in the courtrooms or meeting rooms in those buildings. The Attorney General handles gun complaints, adjudicates them and collects a hefty fine for their trespass. Seems a bit self-serving, Davis pointed out.
Look for more proposed bills regarding guns, especially from those in support of constitutional carry, which means no license should be necessary to carry, he said.

Jan

27

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 27, 2017

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
TOOL–After a closed meeting Monday, Jan. 23, with their attorney, West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District board members agreed to begin mediation with the City of Kemp to work out a payment schedule for expenses incurred under the water purchase agreement.
The board directed its attorney, Chad C. Rook, to begin mediation in February, in view of the city’s intent to back out of their agreement. The amount the utility is owed was not disclosed. However, those expenses may include a loan from WCCMUD to the city to lay an 8-inch pipeline from the closest end-point to Kemp, last estimated at $417,000. The City of Kemp procured a $350,000 grant to cover most of the cost. The utility also built a building in Kemp to service water customers, once the Public Utility Commission approved its application.
Utility General Manager Tony Ciardo made a point to clarify a quote in a recent news article in The Monitor, dated Jan. 15, attributed to city administrator Regina Kaiser, who said water service from the utility was terminated on Dec. 20. Ciardo said the water service was terminated at 12:45 p.m., Dec. 21, with a call into the utility’s attorney to see if any action or pending action on the city’s part was anticipated that would halt the utility’s plans to discontinue service in face of the breakdown in their agreement.
Board members also approved a slight rate increase to pass along a corresponding increase in the cost of raw water from Tarrant Regional Water District. Water rates will go up a dime per thousand gallons of water used, from $3.90 to $4. Sewer service is also going up 10 cents from $3.75 to $3.85 per thousand. There are no other changes to the rate structure going into effect Feb. 1, Rook said.
Each year, the TRWD has raised its rates on raw water, it was noted. Attorney Rook stressed to The Monitor, the increase had nothing to do with the water purchase agreement with the City of Kemp. Service rates were last adjusted in November 2015.
The utility’s attorney in a text told The Monitor for future references that all its inquiries to the utility should be directed to him and if WCCMUD chooses to comment, he will let us know.

Jan

27

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 27, 2017

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–The Gun Barrel City Council held its January meeting at the fire station and will hold February’s meeting there as well, in the aftermath of a busted water heater that inundated city hall with about 7,000 gallons of water overnight Jan. 16. City Manager Bret Bauer described the water as “ankle deep” when workers arrived on Tuesday morning following the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.
“A lot of files and computers were completely ruined, as was the phone system,” Bauer said. A computer server was salvaged and one phone line was restored Jan. 24, a week afterwards he told council members who met that night for its regularly scheduled meeting. “A few computers were put back up to address emails and drywall work was started today,” he added. A storage POD arrived Wednesday to remove all the innards of City Hall while water restoration services provided by 1st Call continues.
The water heater was situated in the attic. The reason for its failure has not been determined, Bauer said.
In another water issue, East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District is getting ready to begin a major water main distribution improvement project, which lends itself well to the installation of fire hydrants.
The utility has selected 12 locations in the city’s ETJ (Extra-territorial jurisdiction) for placement of hydrants at its cost, while the city with input from staff and the fire department has the opportunity to install 22 hydrants within the city limits at an approximate cost of $4,000 each. The council agreed to use the Public Enhancement Fund, now valued at $126,000, to add the hydrants. The install is to be inspected jointly by engineers from KSA, the utility and the city, council members were told. All the hydrants will be of uniform shape and size. The project is expected to take a year to complete.
The line being improved snakes along Legendary Lane, serving pipelines diverting into various neighborhoods, also along Harbor Point Road and roads in Harbor Point Subdivision; and along Luther Lane. This project has been in the works with discussions between the utility and the city staff since 2015, Bauer said.
In other business, council members:
• ratified a facade improvement grant for Lake Escape in the amount of $3,000. Councilwoman Linda Rankin said, “We’re very careful to follow the guide lines of this program.”
• called an election for May 6 to elect representation for East Place 1, West Place 3, and At-large Place 5.
• agreed to amend a billboard lease agreement to correct errors with CH Property and a perspective buyer.
• tabled a discussion on the hiring of a tourism event coordinator and set a workshop for the second Tuesday in April with action expected at the April Council meeting, to give the city breathing room to deal with the restoration and refurnishing of city hall.
• awarded street material bids.