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Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Those under the age of 18 will no longer be able to legally purchase electronic cigarettes within the city of Terrell. The Terrell City council approved ordinance 2617 on first reading last night, which makes it illegal to sell, market, or offer electronic cigarettes, thier components or samples to any minor. The ordinance also makes it illegal to sell electronic cigarettes or their components through a vending machine, unless the machine is located within premises where minors are prohibited.
Also passed on first reading last night was ordinance 2619 which makes most businesses and public areas, including city parks, smoke free. The council added an effective date of February 2, 2015 to allow businesses sufficient time to obtain and display the required signage.
Pet registration fees charged by the city will increase with the passage of amendments to the code of ordinances relating to animal control, with the fee for registering an intact animal more than doubling. The current registration fee for a pet is $7 per year. The new fees will be $15 per year for intact animals, $10 per year for sterile pets, and senior citizens 65 and over can register a pet for $5.
The council also approved the payment of $36,000 to Tim F. Glendening & Associates of Dallas as consultants in implementing the city's 2014 Texas community development block grant program, which is administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture. Among other responsibilities, the consultant will be required to assure compliance with flood plain and wetlands management review guidelines; develop, implement and document fair housing and equal opportunity requirements and to serve as the city's fair housing officer during the course of the program.
Terrell Volunteer Firemen responded to a house fire at the intersection of County Road 323 and County Road 324 yesterday morning. The home was fully engulfed in flames when the department arrived, and about and hour and 15 minutes later firemen had the blaze under control. The home was completely destroyed and a portion of the building had collapsed. The cause of the fire is not yet known, and is being investigated by the Kaufman County Fire Marshall.
Residents in Rockwall will see an increase on their water bills in January, with a 10 per cent increase approved by the Rockwall City Council effective December 1st to offset a 10 per cent increase in the cost to the city for treated water supplied by the North Texas Municipal Water District, which was put into effect last month. The water district supplies treated water to the cities of Forney and Terrell, as well as Rockwall. Due to the drought conditions, the water district also recently extended stage 3 water restrictions to be effective November 1st through March 31, 2015. As of Monday, November 17th, the North Texas Municipal Water District reported the four reservoirs from which it obtains water for treatment remain low in spite of recent rains. Three of the four, Lavon, Jim Chapman, and Tawakoni all remain about a foot below normal conservation levels, while Lake Texoma is nearly 7 inches low.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Each member of the board of trustees of the Terrell ISD took a few momemts at the start of last night's meeting to tell district employees thank you for their hard work and their accomplishments with the district's students so far this school year. Each campus also reported on the current school year's campus improvement program, focusing on the goals of student achievement and increasing teacher capacity, with several campuses reporting the implementation of Rosetta Stone for their english as a second language students. The district and individual campus plans were approved by the board.
The Terrell Tigers move on to round two of the play-off's after handily defeating the Dallas Hillcrest Panthers in last Friday night's game by a 30 to 22 score. This Friday night the Tigers face the Coyotes of Frisco's Heritage High School. Kick-off is at 7 o'clock at Wildcat-Ram Stadium in Dallas, which is adjacent to Lake Highlands High School. KPYK's broadcast of the game will start at 6:45 with the pre-game show.