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Workers are clearing the property where the new police headquarters is to be built. What was heavily wooded has been cleared during the past several days in preparation for the upcoming groundbreaking ceremony set for Monday, July 13th, at 9 a.m. The new headquarters site is at 1100 North State Hwy 34, which is at the intersection of the new State Hwy 34 and Rose Street. The new $10.6-million headquarters building is scheduled to be completed and occupied by October 10th of next year.
A hearing on a change of venue in a lawsuit brought against the owner of a gun range near Terrell has been set for Friday by Kaufman County Court at Law Judge Dennis Jones. Adam Morgan, a veteran, operates the gun range at 5701 FM 2578, but has been shut down by a temporary injunction pending the current litigaton. A hearing in Judge Jones court is set for October, however Morgan has filed the change of venue to move the hearing to Ellis County, where is security consulting company is based.
Someone apparently set fire to a rack of clothing at the Terrell Wal-Mart this past weekend, bringing out the Terrell Fire Department and causing the evacuation of the store for about 30 minutes. The incident occured late Friday evening. Store employees, using fire extinguishers, were able to put out the burning clothing according to Terrell's Fire Marshal Tom Cooper. Store surveillance video was not sufficient to determine who started the fire, according to Cooper, who said the department's investigation is continuing.
The Terrell City Council meets tonight at 7 in the ocuncil chambers at Terrell City Hall, after meeting in a special workshop session at 5:30. A public hearing is scheduled during the 7 p.m. meeting on a specific use permit for a funeral home to locate at 642 North Rockwall, the former Terrell Pharmacy location. Parking lot improvements have already been completed at the location in preparation for the new occupant. Also on the council's agenda tonight is consideration of changes in the city's code of ordinances concerning parking of commercial vehicles or trailers in residential areas, as well as regulating the composition of the parking surface, which must be concrete, asphalt, crushed rock or masonry pavers.
Incentives for Madix expansion, proposed by the Terrell Economic Development Corporation, will be considered for approval by the Terrell City Council at tonight's meeting. Madix officials say the expansion which will add $6-million in improvements to the tax rolls, and add up to 60 new jobs in Terrell. The city council must approve the incentives, which include payment of a $150,000 grant for infrastructure, payments to Madix of $3,000 for each new employee up to 60, and the waiving of all impact, utility and building permit fees.
The funeral for Mary Louise Duff, who passed away at the age of 69 on July 2nd, will be this afternoon at 1 o'clock at the Anderson Clayton Funeral Home in Terrell.
Grover Stewart, a longtime resident of Terrell, passed away Friday, July 3rd, at the age of 67. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 16th, at the Anderson-Clayton Brother's Chapel in Terrell.