By Bill Goheen
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–On May 23, East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District (ECCFWSD) General Manager Bill Goheen attended the initial FEMA/Texas Department of Emergency Management meeting. Gun Barrel City and Payne Springs, who receive water and sewer service from ECCFWSD, were also present. The preliminary meeting with affected communities and Public Non-Profit Entities introduced the application process for FEMA Funding under the Disaster Relief Act. The proclamation was enacted to assist the many counties in Texas due to the massive flooding and wind damages that occurred in May and June of 2015.
It was explained that if damages have occurred and recovery is urgent, repairs should be expedited with valid documentation and the expense incurred will be reimbursed under the program, if the application is approved. Under the FEMA Disaster Relief Program (matching) Grant, 75 percent would be reimbursed.
Water and sewer lines were impacted by flooding and massive erosion that exposed the lines that cross the waterway located in the 300 block of Long Leaf in the Tamarack Subdivision, where storm water runs east into Cedar Creek Lake.
The water main was also exposed. A temporary repair was made to restore water service. The integrity was still in jeopardy long-term, so the District hired Triple A Contractor to relocate the water main per District Engineer recommendations.
The new water main is two feet below the waterway bed. The expense to date for the disaster recovery is $13,500 with a cost yet to be expensed for applying rip-rap along the improved banks of the affected water and sewer easement and approximately 30-feet upstream and 30-feet downstream of the District’s easement area. We appreciated the property owners understanding and patience while we improved integrity for water and sewer service in their area. Accompanying this article are before and after photos of the project.
I would like to respond to the Letter to the Editor by Dee Watkins published in the Sunday July 26, 2015 edition of The Monitor. ECCFWSD staff does not swear at the public. If conflict does occur, staff is instructed to contact the immediate supervisor to respond/handle the situation and if necessary, contact the General Manager or call 9-1-1.
Under the editor’s note, I was quoted as stating that ECCFWSD will make good the damages to Dee Watkin’s barrier. That is true. However, the costliness of the repairs was said not in relationship to replacing Watkin’s barrier, but rather to the cost of relocating the water main, dirt work and rip rap required to restore integrity to the water and sewer lines.
This additional dirt work will benefit Dee Watkins and the neighbors on the north side of the waterway in lessening the risk of further erosion.
Posted by : July 30, 2015| On :
By Bill Goheen
Posted by : July 7, 2015| On :
Monitor Staff Reports
SEVEN POINTS–As of Tuesday, law enforcement was still looking for a suspect who led police on a car chase June 22, starting in Seven Points.
The driver of a beige 1982 Chevrolet pickup took off after being pulled over by Seven Points police officers for a traffic violation.
According to a press release, the suspect vehicle maintained a high speed chase through Seven Points and Gun Barrel City on State Highway 334 beginning at around 10 a.m., wrecklessly crossing the single-lane bridges while other traffic was enroute.
Officers follwed the vehicle into the Bonita Point Addition, located in Gun Barrel City, where the suspect exited the vehicle on foot, while leaving the truck in gear, allowing it to crash into private property.
The suspect jumped over several fences and ran into a nearby wooded area, whereby he was able to elude police.
Eustace Police Chief Jason Perrini and Gun Barrel City officer Melanie Bird, as well as several other officers and deputies joined the search but were unable to locate the subject.
The incident remains under investigation.
Posted by : July 7, 2015| On :
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–A shooting incident on property located on County Road 4012, east of Kemp and north of Mabank, have two men hospitalized with injuries following an altercation June 29.
The Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Roy Dwayne Toney, 56, for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He is being held in the Law Enforcement Center on a $30,000 bond.
Piecing the story together from several sources, it appears Toney was shot in the leg while trying to flee the scene, having allegedly run over the property owner’s son with a tractor trailer. The truck became wedged between two trees and as Toney exited the truck to take off on foot, the 70-year-old female property owner shot him in the leg with a shotgun, according to the sheriff’s report.
Her son, Larry Suratt, was there to do some mowing for her, according to a gofundme post to a social media website from Mabank resident Bill Hartzer. Here’s the link to help with the fundraising effort: www.gofundme.com/yg53ws.
Hartzer reports that Suratt, a kindly grandfather, father and all-around good neighbor, suffered a broken nose, femur, rib and pelvis which will require several surgeries and six-months of rehab before he can relearn to walk again.
Suratt “is the type of man you’d trust to watch your children,” Hartzer wrote. The primary breadwinner and labor-intensive business owner is now unable to work, and his wife has medical issues and can’t work, Hartzer adds.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, a dispute between Toney and the property owner’s son sparked the shooting, which remains under investigation.