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Friday, March 7, 2014
Kaufman County Commissioners set priorities on road projects to be funded by a state-wide grant program for the County Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zone which provides money to repair roads damaged due to the oil and gas boom in the state. The first four projects to be funded, should the grant money be provided, will be County Road 355 in Precinct 3, County Road 356 in precinct 3, County Road 4061 in precinct 4, and County Road 283 in Precinct 1. The money from the grant is supposed to cover 90 per cent of the expense, with the county paying the remaining 10 per cent.
A Skywarn severe weather class is set for Saturday, march 8th, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Rockwall County Courthouse. The course will cover thunderstorm formation, ingredients and features associated with severe storms, and tornado formation and behaviour. The program is free and open to the public, and is being presented in partnership with the Rockwall County Emergency Management office.
A baloon release is set for Saturday, March 15th, in Quinlan to draw attention to the unsolved missing persons case of Carey Mae Parker, who was 23-years-old at the time of her disappearance in 1991. Parker worked for Precisionnaire in Terrell, and lived in Quinlan, at that time. She was last seen driving a 1980 blue and gray Buick Skylark, which has also never been found. The baloon release will mark 23 years since her disappearance.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
The run-off election for Tuesday's primary will be Tuesday, May 27th. At that time, Casey Blair and Wade Gent will face off for the position of District Judge in the 86th Judicial District Court. A race between Jackie Allen and Tim Ratcliff will determine which one replaces Tom Manning, the incumbent, who lost his precinct 4 seat on the Commissioner's Court Tuesday, and Bob Deuell and Bob Hall are in a run-off for State Senator in District 2. Also on May 27th, the Republican opponent to Democrat Johnny Perry in November's general election will be determined between Lisa Gent Harrison and Mary A. Bardin.
In the upcoming May 10th municipal election, Councilman D. J. Ory, representing District 5, drew no opposition in his bid for re-election during the filing period which ended last Friday. Also, one person filed for the District 3 council seat being vacated by current councilman Ricky Jordan, who has reached his term limit. Sandra K. Wilson, who formerly represented District 2 on the council, is now seeking the District 3 seat. Last Friday was also the deadline for filing for the two at-large seats on the Terrell ISD's Board of Trustees. School officials report no one filed to challenge the two inclumbents, Dena Risinger and Ann McDonald, so it is expected the board will vote to cancel the election and declare the two incumbents elected, according to the state's election code.
The month-long 2014 Great Warrant Round-up is underway, and about 300 police departments statewide will be seeking out those with outstanding traffic and other class-c misdemeanor warrants, and taking them to jail. The Dallas Marshall's Office and many cities in the area, including in Kaufman County the cities of Forney and Kaufman, and in Van Zandt County, the city of Wills Point, are participating.
Saturday night is the annual No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum's Hangar-Dinner Dance, starting at 6:30 at the Madix hangar on Silent Wings Boulevard. The dinner/dance bebnefits the museum which is observing the 73rd Anniversary of the founding of the No. 1 British Flying Training School in Terrell, Texas. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., followed by dancing to the big band sounds of the Larry Johnson Heritage Brass Band.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
The issue of Certificates of Obligation to fund the new Terrell Police Headquarters was authorized by the approval last night of ordinance number 2595 by the Terrell City Council at its regular meeting. Jason Hughes of First Southwest was at the meeting to brief the council on the certificates of obligation, and the rate achieved of 3.8 % interest on the debt. The council also approved authorizing the city manager to enter into an agreement with Brinkley Sargent Architects for design and architectural services associated with the construction of the new police headquarters.
A program facilitating the improvement of the central business district facade, providing for aesthetic improvements to buildings in downtown terrell, was aproved by the council.
A work authorization for right-of-way services for the spur 557 frontage road project was approved by the council. Assistant City Manager Mike Sims explained the authorization to council members.
The council also approved a resolution authorizing the filing for funds from the Texas Department of Agriculture for the Texas community Development Block Grant program; adopted a fair housing policy for the city; approved changes to the animal control regulations of the code of ordinances of the city of Terrell; and they heard and approved the Terrell Police Department's Racial Profiling Analysis annual report, as presented to the council by Terrell Police Chief Jody Lay.