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Kaufman County commissioners are back at work today meeting in regular session and their agenda includes discussing the re-appointment of Judge B. Michael Chitty as Kaufman county's representative to the North Texas Behaviroal Health Authority Board of Directors, an appointment that will run thorugh January 31, 2017. 422nd District Court Judge B. Michael Chitty, 86th District Court Judge Casey Blair, County Court at Law Judge Dennis Jones and Court at Law #2 Judge Bobby Rich are scheduled to give a report to the commissioners on the status of the indigent defense program in the county. Advertising for bids for tree and brush removal, cleaning ditches, and mowing along county roads in all precincts, and for seal coating of county roads in all precincts will also be considered today.
Arnie, a law enforcement canine with the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department, has reached the end of his useful service life due to arthritis, according to a report submitted to the Kaufman County Commissioners Court following a recent exam by his veterinrian. Commissioners have on their agenda today K9 Arnie's retirement, and they will consider donating Arnie to Deputy Wesley Moyer.
Early voting for the May 9th municipal and school election starts today and runs through May 5th. Voting is for the District 2 seat on the Terrell City council, currently held by Tommy Spencer, and the Place 2 seat on the Terrell School Baord currently held by Reginald Williams. The polling place for the early voting, and voting on May 9th, is Terrell City Hall.
The Forney tax office is closed today for staff training on a new property tax collection system. Tomorrow the Terrell tax office will be closed, and Wednesday the Kemp office will be closed for the training. The office in Kaufman will not close.
This weekend's rain has given Lake Tawakoni a boost of over 1 foot in elevation with Sunday morning's reading by the U. S. Geological Service placing the evevation at 433.08 feet, about four feet below the lake's full pool level of 437.5 feet.
The North Texas Municipal Water District decided to ease watering restrictions effective May 1st since reservoirs have reached sufficient levels to do so. According to the district, runoff from recent rains helped increase the levels of both Lake Lavon and Jim Chapman Lake which serve as key water supplies for the district. Because of the increased levels, along with the resumption of the use of water from Lake Texoma, the circumstances that caused the initiation of drought stages no longer prevail, according to the water district's executive Director Tom Kula. However, Kula does recommend that automatic sprinkler systems continue to be run in manual mode and only when necessary.