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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The death of 85-year old Dorothy Hamilton was the result of an attack by dogs kept in her Kaufman home, according to the ruling released this week by the Dallas County Medical Examiner. Hamilton was found dead in her home March 31st by her son who owned the dogs. Eight dogs, all pit bulls, were removed from the home and were euthanized, according to police.
County commissioners met in regular session yesterday, and approved the tax resale of 5 lots in Precinct 3, within the city of Terrell. These are lots which were held by the county for non-payment of taxes. They previously were included in sheriff's sale, but did not sell at that time. Commissioners now approved the sale of these lots.
Commissioners also approved a project agreement for work on the Ables Springs Volunteer Fire Department parking lot. The fire department will supply the materials, and the county will provide the equipment and labor.
No through commercial truck signs were approved for placement on two roads in Kaufman County: on Hiram Road in Precinct 1, and Helms Trail in Precinct 2. Also, the commissioners approved an ordinance prohibiting solid waste disposal in Kaufman County and providing civil and criminal penalties for violation. The ordinance also designates the Terrell Convenience Station on CR 319 north of Terrell as the approved solid waste disposal site. Listen to KPYK, 1570 AM, during the news at noon and 1:00 p.m. for County Judge Bruce Wood's complete report on the commissioner's court meeting. This report will also be repeated at 4:30 p.m. today.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Late last week Karen Cooper was appointed acting county auditor for a 30-eay term by an order signed by 86th District Court Judge Howard Tygrett and 422nd District Judge B. Michael Chitty. Cooper's current appointment, which commenced April 11, 2012, was about to expire. Reappointment to a full term will likely be determined by the outcome of an investigation into allegations against Cooper.
Precinct 2 Constable Joe Don Law tendered his letter of resignation late last week in which he stated he would retire effective April 11, 2014. Law was indicted in August of last year for allegedly tampering with a governmental record in which he claimed he completed a Texas Law Enforcement Telecommunications System online certification course.
Tomorrow will be a busy day at Terrell city hall, with the board meeting of the Increment Financing Reinvestment Zone Number 1, and the meeting of the Power Center Board of Directors, both beginning at 9 a.m. in the council chambers. Then, at 5:30 tomorrow afternoon, the Terrell city council will hold a special meeting and workshop, to be followed by the regular city council meeting at 7 p.m. A public hearing will be conducted during the regular city council meeting, concerning a zoning change from retail to multi-family to correct the zoning for an existing multifamily four-plex, and a new four-plex, at 300 West Jackson Street in Terrell.
The council will also consider issues concerning funding of the Interstate Highway 20 frontage road project, and the authorization of the city manager to negotiate and execute a construction contract with the low bidder for the project.
The Terrell Municipal Airport Board will meet Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the airport.