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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 16, 2017

By Denise York
Monitor Staff Writer
KAUFMAN–Adult Probation Officer David Daniel and 422nd District Court Judge B. Michael Chitty came before the Kaufman County Commissioners Court at the regular meeting June 12 to express the need for more office space and personnel. Judge Chitty explained the use of community supervision for low-level offenders has increased exponentially.
Probation Officer David Daniel told the court, “We are maxed out. I will be adding personnel and right now we have no offices to put them in.” There are currently 13 offices filled. Adult Probation is responsible for supervision of 2,312 persons currently with approximately 1,200 of them under direct supervision. “We have approximately 2 percent of the population under probation. Population is expected to increase to as much as 149,000 by 2020, adding as many as 700 more.” Some are seen weekly, some monthly with probations lasting from five to ten years.
Daniel explained that currently they are paying outside sources for mandatory drug counseling. “With the amount we have, it makes economic sense for us to have our own counselors. I am looking to hire two.”
Daniel and Judge Chitty stressed the need for more localized services, saving the county money for transportation of indigent offenders and making the follow-up easier. “We would need at least four more offices in Kaufman and three to four in Forney,”
Plans may include using the old library building in Kaufman which would need renovation. Forney, the court was told, may have offices available. No action was taken.
Kaufman County Pct. 1 Commissioner Mike Hunt accepted a $77,817 award from the North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority for improvements to the State Highway 243 and FM 2727 intersection. NET RMA is an independent government agency created to accelerate the development of transportation projects in North East Texas and this was part of nearly $500,000 in awards given for 2017.
In other business, the commissioners:
• discussed the status of implementing a new jury pay system, paying jurors in cash unless they elect to donate their pay to charity. This will cut down on fraud with checks;
• extended County Road 142 by 1,684 feet and added Lewis Circle to the Pct. 1 road report;
• heard and accepted reports from Fire Marshall Randy Richards, Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office, and outside audit report form John Manning, CPS, Patillo, Brown & Hill, L.L.P.;
• heard that the location for the proposed Kaufman County Animal Shelter has not been finalized but plans are to add sewer services at the Kaufman County Poor Farm and Fairgrounds at the same time;
• heard the Authentic Western Day will take place at the KC Poor Farm Saturday, August 19 with performances all day long;
• paid bills totaling $2,063,267.03, $600,000 of which was in yearly insurance payment.

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 16, 2017

Merwin Buster passed away May 25, 2017 at his home in Eustace.
Merwin was a WWII veteran, carpenter, outstanding friend, Christian, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years Judy Buster, children Travis Buster and wife Wendy of Forney, Angye Buster of Fort Worth, Dottye Dewitt of Davenport, Iowa, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Cedar Creek Bible Church in Seven Points. Fellowship will follow with family and friends at the church.
In lieu of flowers please donate to Cedar Creek Bible Church or a charity of your choice.

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 16, 2017

Monitor Staff Reports
ROUND ROCK–Members of the University Interscholastic League, which is the governing body of Texas high school sports and members of the Texas High School Coaches Association met to discuss the future of the summer seven on seven program. The meeting was held as part of the UIL Executive Sessions in which the committee looks to improve on and review UIL rules for all sports and non-sports competitions.
Members of the THSCA are concerned about the people that are taking over the teams for the summer. College coaches were sometimes calling these street agents about certain players, instead of talking to the high school coaches about them. The THSCA was looking for an answer to the question whether there is a way to allow high school coaches to coach their own players in the seven on seven competitions during the late spring and summer.
At the UIL Legislative session on Tuesday in Round Rock, the UIL decided to form a committee to study allowing high school coaches to coach their teams in the offseason.
There are many factors that need to be studied, including extra pay for coaches that spend the hours working and coaching the teams, and whether the UIL would need to sanction the seven on seven competitions and oversee the offseason activities.
Other amendments were made to the transfer students’ Previous Athletic Participation Form is completed. Right now, the PAPF is required to be signed by a parent in front of a notary or school district personnel. With the UIL creating an electronic PAPF, the form would be more difficult to complete in person.
Finally, the UIL Legislative Council has lifted the ban on regular-season live high school football telecasts for one day and will allow two games to be played. Two games will be played live on Sept. 1, 2017 only as part of a “Football Day in Texas” broadcast, which will be aired by Fox Sports affiliates across the state. The lift on the long-running stance of not broadcasting regular season high school games is only for that day, no other live broadcasts will be allowed during this coming season or future seasons. Only state-championship games are allowed to be broadcasted now.