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Wednesday, August 5, 2015
The Terrell City Council met in both a special workshop session at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon, and in regular session at 7 o'clock yesterday evening. An ordinance concerning the tethering of dogs on a leash was the topic when a resident of the 200 block of West Alamo Street addressed the council last night. The speaker said he was in favor of an ordinance he said the city is currently considering which would ban chaining a dog in a yard, calling the practice inhumane and cruel. He also spoke concerning the limit of three pets set by Terrell's current animal ordinance, calling the limit too restrictive and saying he suspected there was no scientific research in support of the three pet limit. He suggested suspending enforcement of the three pet rule, replacing it with one that concerns the health and well being of the pets. Since the comments were made during the time set aside for visitor's remarks, the council could not take any action on the topics he brought before the council at the meeting.
A construction plat for Steelway International Manufacturing was approved by the city council last night. Steelway is moving from Athens to the Metro East Industrial Park in Terrell, and the plat is for the new facility to be built at 2996 Temtex Blvd. Other construction plats approved by the council last night included the new police station at 1100 State highway 34 North, and the new phase of Crossroads at Terrell on the west side of FM 148 between Interstate Hwy 20 and Spur 557.
The mayor was authorized last night by the Terrell City Council to execute a contract with the Texas Preservation Trust Fund for needed grant funds to make major repairs to preserve the Carnegie Library Museum building. The council voted earlier this year to apply for the grant and the money for the project and was approved in May according to Municipal Development Director Terry Capehart. He said the work on the building is expected to be underway in mid October.
Based on seniority on the council, Charles Whitaker was appointed Mayor Pro-tem at the start of last night's meeting of the Terrell City Council, and Tommy Spencer was appointed as Deputy Mayor Pro-tem.
A wide range of equipment, including everything from computers and monitors, tool boxes and vacuum cleaners, to Ford Pickup trucks, cars, mowers and a Massey Ferguson tractor, was all approved by the council to be sold at auction as surplus in a unanimous vote at last night's meeting.
Monday evening Terrell Police arrested a suspect in a robbery just minutes after the initial call came into the department. The robbery occured at First Cash Advance in the 1800 block of West Moore Avenue when a 23-year-old man, identified by police as Javier Perez, passed a note through the window demanding the money. the clerk complied and the man left, walking westbound on Moore Avenue. Police were notified of the incident at 6:51, and they located Perez at 6:54 p.m. Perez was taken into custody after the money from the robbery was found in his possession. He admitted to the robbery, and was charged and placed in the Terrell City Jail. He was transferred to Kaufman County Jail last night, where is now held pending $25,000 bond.
Kaufman County Commissioners will, at the request of Kaufman County Fire Marshall Randy Richards, be considering enacting a burn ban for the unincorporated areas of Kaufman County this coming Monday when they meet in regular session. The burn ban was not an issue earlier this year with the amount of rain received, but now the hot, dry summer months are here, and the possibility of the ban has returned. Commissioners will also consider approving the 2015 appraisals as the 2015 tax roll for the county.
The funeral service for Iva Lee Craven, who passed away Monday at the age of 84, will be Friday (Aug 7) at the Anderson Clayton Brothers Chapel in Terrell. Visitation sill be tomorrow evening from 6 until 8 o'clock at the funeral home.