Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 24, 2016


By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–The East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District board reseated two of the three officers up for re-election. Harry McCune and Ted Bayless were sworn-in for another four years of service, without opposition. While Carol Meyer, having served for 14 years as district treasurer stepped down from her position to enjoy a much-deserved retirement from the board. President McCune stated her accomplishments as a Board Member –her professionalism and contributing direction will be deeply missed.
“We will miss you greatly,” McCune said. “We appreciate your long and faithful service to this board and to the district’s water customers.”
With Meyer’s completed term and now vacant seat, the board is seeking someone from the community to apply for the appointment. The board unanimously approved to initiate advertising for ECCFWSD customers who reside within the district to pick up an application packet and submit it for board consideration.
The board chose Ted Bayless to fill the role of treasurer and he accepted the nomination. Other officers were returned to their prospective committee assignments as follows:
• Finance Committee:  Bayless, Allen Brier and McCune
• Operation Committee: Dick Watkins, Joe Lomonaco and McCune
•Personnel Committee: Larry Bratton, McCune and whoever replaces Meyer on the board.
In other business, board members:
• transferred $101,483.13 from Bond Interest and Sinking Certificate of Deposit into Operation Reserve account to make the annual debt payment. Goheen explained to The Monitor that the bonds carried by the district amount to a rotating 20-year loan, with the older bond being refinanced as newer loans are sought at better interest rates.
• heard bid letting is set for Dec. 20 on Phase I of a North Side Water System Improvement project. The improvement of the water line includes eight flush units which could power up to 35 fire hydrants. The final design nears completion. The project gives an opportunity for the city and the district to work together to benefit the citizens, Goheen said. However, the project still requires city council approval to share in the costs and exact number of hydrants. The greater the number, the greater the cost savings, Goheen said.
• approved the purchase of a raw water meter for the Brookshire Water Treatment Plant in the amount of $2,498. The unbudgeted capital improvement is to be paid out of Operating Reserves.
• approved holiday gift certificates in the amount of $50 for each fulltime employee.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 22, 2016

Emmalee Doss
Monitor Correspondent
GUN BARREL CITY–The Gun Barrel City Council decided to make an offer to a yet unnamed applicant for city secretary. Longtime officeholder Christy Eckerman has submitted her intention to retire by year’s end. The action was taken after an executive session held Nov. 15, following the regular open session.
“The only thing I can tell you,” City Manager Brett Bauer told The Monitor, “is to be here for the next council meeting,” which was reset for Tuesday Dec. 20, to accommodate the Christmas holiday season.
In other business, the council agreed to move forward with interviewing applicants for the open positions on the Board of Adjustments (BOA), approve an expenditure of $5,000 for a fishing tournament and began to investigate the hiring of a tourism/event director.
The council directed the city manager to report to them in January on what it will take to fund a position focused on bringing tourism to the city. The agenda item was brought up by Councilman David Skains.
City Council members voted to conduct interviews with applicants for open posts on the BOA, although Mayor Pro-tem Rob Rea wanted to table this item to allow more to apply. He said some had missed the opportunity, when it first came up. Rea was hoping to attract others who had not previously served on a city board or committee. He mentioned having “fresh blood” cycling through. However, board members didn’t agree with holding up the process any longer. The board is diminished to four members. This even number would not allow applicants to have a “fair shot,” according to Eckerman.
The Board of Adjustments is comprised of five members and two alternate members appointed by the City Council. Members must be qualified voters of the City. The board hears and determines appeals of administrative decisions, authorizes in specific cases a variance from the terms of the zoning ordinance if the variance is not contrary to the public interest and, due to special conditions; such as, a literal enforcement of the ordinance would result in unnecessary hardship, and so that the spirit of the ordinance is observed and substantial justice is done and such other matters as may be required by the City Council or by law. Decisions made by this board are final. In case of a denial, the applicant’s only recourse is to file an appeal in District Court.
The council approved an expenditure of $5,000 for Texas Tournament Zone to advertise for a fishing tournament they want to hold in May. This tournament will be beneficial to the growth of an interest field in Gun Barrel City, and will bring a boost of revenue to the local businesses, council members heard.
Council members also approved an ordinance that will allow Mayor Jim Braswell to execute an agreement with Texas Department of Transportation on behalf of the city to help pay for the cost of acquiring a right-of-way in connection with the SH 334 bridge expansion equating to 3.4 percent of the cost. City manager Brett Bauer estimates it will be around $800.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 10, 2016

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–For the first time in eight years, the nation voted the same way as Texas with Republicans winning the White House and a majority in Congress. Donald Trump won Texas’s 38 electoral votes with 52 percent of the popular vote to Hillary Clinton’s 43 percent.
Because the race between the two candidates was predicted to have an opposite outcome, the concession call from Hillary was delayed until it became crystal clear what the outcome would be. Excerpts from Trump’s victory speech accompany this article.
It was the first time in history, that a true outsider had won the presidency.
In Henderson County 80.49 percent of voters selected a straight Republican ballot, while 18.63 percent selected Democrats. Kaufman County had similar results with nearly 73 percent voting straight Republican and 25 percent choosing Democrat candidates.
Jeb Hensarling returns to Congress to represent Texas District 5.
John Wray will continue to represent District 10 in the State House.
Wayne Christian (R) becomes the next Railroad Commissioner.
On the local scene in Henderson County:
• Charles “Chuck” McHam will serve as Precinct 3 County Commissioner with more than 81 percent of the vote
• Kay Langford will serve as Precinct 1 Constable with 63.5 percent of the vote.
• ESD 11 will be created with 77 percent of voters favoring the action
• Caney City voters agreed to issue a $199,000 bond to build and equip a fire station
• Crossroads ISD voters selected Shelly Robertson (505), William “Russell” Giles Jr. (472), Darren Himes (465) and Kevin Hazelip (399) to sit on the school board.
• Malakoff ISD voters selected Peggy Dewberry (1,004), Duana Busch (800) and Michael Kent Monroe (794) to sit on the school board.
In Kaufman County:
• Terry Barber will serve as Precinct 3 County Commissioner with nearly 63 percent of the vote.
• Town of Scurry, Andy Sloan (135) and Linda McWhorter (84) will serve as Alderman.
• The Wills Point ISD Proposition 1 passed with 54 percent of the vote.