Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 11, 2017

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–Mabank City Council members heard a number of projects in and around the city’s Veterans memorial that the Sarah Maples Chapter of the Daughters of The American Revolution are willing to help them with. Past-regent Susan Cothran addressed the council with her ideas for improvements. Some are things that can be done right away others were needing further research to make a decision.
City manager Bryant Morris said he would get a trash receptacle stationed near the memorial right away and look into the issue of a water hose being maintained to keep up with the landscaping. Adding another panel for more names under the Army heading was discussed, along with possibly extending the memorial to accommodate more engravings. It was noted that the colored brick used on the memorial is now unavailable.
The city also said they would look into procuring flags representing each of the branches of the military to add color and vitality to the memorial, which may also serve to distract the eye from any mismatched brick should the memorial be extended.
Cothran mentioned that she had spoken with one of the founders of the memorial and learned that installing a bridge to connect the Mabank Pavilion with the memorial for walkers to cross a low, muddy and sometimes watery spot was part of the original plans. She suggested that perhaps this project would be a great one for an Eagle Scout candidate to take on.
Lastly, she noted that the top rows of the engraved panels are being dissolved by the acids found in bird droppings, and asked for ideas to prevent further erosion. Councilman Tyson Adams said there was a product called “Hot Feet” that was a clear nontoxic liquid that when painted on the top of the monument would deter birds from using it as a perch.
Cothran said, the members of DAR are planning on holding a Veterans Day observance on Friday, Nov. 10, since Seven Points will be holding the parade on Saturday, Nov. 11.
In other business, the council members:
• accepted the certified tax rolls from Henderson and Kaufman counties. From Henderson, that total came to $43,311,560 taxable property valuation and from Kaufman County, $157,569,045.
• approved amending two ordinances to reflect modern wording without making any significant changes. And adopted the latest building codes in time to purchase the latest edition of the standards books, which should be good for the next six years.
• heard from Mabank House Authority Director Chrissy Adams announcing she would like to appoint Candace Chappell to the organization’s Board of Directors. “All our policies need to be updated this year, and I need all the seats filled,” she said. The board meets once a quarter.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 9, 2017

Mabank resident Scott Tuley announces his bid for Henderson County Precinct 2 Commissioner Saturday at Gun Barrel City Park Pavilion.

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–About two dozen family and friends gathered Saturday at the Gun Barrel City Park Pavilion to hear Scott Tuley announce his intention to run for Henderson County Precinct 2 Commissioner.
Current commissioner Wade McKinney announced last week in Commissioners Court that he would not seek re-election this November, pointing out that over his last six terms he’s gathered enough experiences to fill two life times with both memories and lessons.
During Tuley’s heartfelt speech, he said becoming commissioner would fulfill a goal of his to be of greater service to those iving in the southern part of the county.
“I chose this location, the pavilion in Gun Barrel City (to make this announcement), because it is the heart of Precinct 2 and home to the many citizens who have always supported me in the past,” he said.
Tuley retired after 21 years with TXU Energy and has operated businesses, including Titled T Distributors, the last 12 years; and a mobile disco entertainment business for the last 10 years, along with his wife, Angie Harley Tuley.
He is best-known for his eight years of service on the Mabank ISD school board, where he participated in the planning of the high school on U.S. 175 and the remodel of all three elementary schools. He has also served on local youth sports organizations, including the Tri-County Football Association, MLLFA and the Mabank Baseball and Softball Association.
He is a member of Gun Barrel City Toys for Tots and the Cedar Creek Lake Parrot Head Club.
“We are a political powerhouse here in Precinct 2. We need someone with a voice to represent our lake area,” he said, asking for volunteers to help with his Republican campaign. “We already have several people who have volunteered to host events, but we need more.”



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 4, 2017

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–Kemp City Council members approved the annexation of property into the city at the request of Little Mexico bistro owners, Tuesday. “I just want it to be clear,” Mayor Laura Hannah Peace said. “They asked to be annexed into the city.” The council has no authority to annex property into the city without the owner’s permission, she said.
Council members also discussed the possible creation of an ordinance prohibiting engine braking within the city along U.S. 175, Ninth Street and State Highway 274. Signs would need to be posted along these roadways, the council agreed.
They also discussed rules for security alarm permits, the most important being that the police department have a contact person and phone number in the event of an alarm going off.
Council members heard how an alarm at the high school went off for 10 hours before the right person was contacted to disable it, during a recent weekend.
The council directed city staff to prepare ordinances in keeping with their discussions Tuesday for review and voting at the next council meeting and in coordination with the city’s attorney.
The next community event comes at the end of September. A Blues Concert is being planned. “We’re hoping to get Wesley Pruitt to return,” Peace said. “He was really good, last time. It was really great to see people walking from their homes to the park to hear the music.”
In other business, council members:
• received a number of staff reports
• approved the minutes of the June 13 meeting and the payment of open invoices.
• noted Donald Kile, who had signed up to be on the agenda, did not appear.