Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 20, 2014

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–Traffic was redirected coming and going from Kemp and was redirected back around the lake through Gun Barrel City and Seven Points during a more than three hour period last Friday.
A truck carrying and estimated 500 pounds of liquid fertilizer did not quite make the turn from State Highway 274 onto Farm-to-Market 148 and turned over, spilling his load.
The hazardous material spill occurred about 3:15 p.m. at the intersection at Kings Creek Country Club.
Initially first responders didn’t know what chemical had been spilled, Kaufman County Emergency Management director Steve Howie reported.
The decision was made to close Hwy 274 and FM 148 until it could be cleaned up.
The Kemp Fire Department, Emergency Management and environmental officer, along with TxDOT responded.
Ultimately, TxDOT called in its Hazmat Team amd completed the cleanup.
The chemical was later identified as a liquid fertilizer, which was not harmful to vehicles or people but still needed to be cleaned up because of its proximity to Cedar Creek Lake, Howie said.
Units cleared the scene at 6:45 p.m. with TxDOT remaining on location for the cleanup.
“The amount was probably about 500 gallons but it was very hard to tell. It appeared that someone took the corner too fast and spilled it,” Howie said.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 2, 2014

By David Webb
Monitor Correspondent

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 : Monitor Admin | On : January 30, 2014

Monitor Staff Reports
KAUFMAN–Department of Public Safety trooper Kyle Bradford reports a fatal traffic accident Wednesday, Jan. 22, involving just one car a half-mile south of the City of Kemp.
Kaufman County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Johnny Adams pronounced the death at the scene on State Highway 274. (See obituary page 11A of the Thursday, January 30, 2014 issue of The Monitor.)
Bradford reports that Sharlene L. Stephens, 39 of Gun Barrel City, was northbound at around 2:30 a.m. when for an unknown reason she crossed over into the southbound lane and left the roadway into the ditch on the west side of the road.
The trooper said her 2002 Kia sedan then went airborne and crashed into trees and a concrete culvert before coming to rest on the driver’s side on the north side of the ditch.
The driver was ejected from the vehicle, he added.