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July 10, 2014

Muenster City Council appoints new police chief

Muenster — The Muenster City Council appointed Sgt. Tom Barr as the new chief of police after former police chief Mark Blankenship submitted his resignation, according to the July 7 unofficial minutes.

Barr will assume his new duties July 15; he was sergeant two years with the department.

Council members approved by a 3-1 vote to designate the handicap spaces near Ace Hardware and the paint the entrance to the alleyway at the Klement building. The parking spaces will be monitored for 90 days and then re-address the issue.

Council member Jack Flusche voted against the motion and council member Tim Felderhoff was absent.

No action was taken about the proposal to stripe the first two blocks of Main Street and in front of Sacred Heart Church for an estimated $1,164. Business owner Jo Pagel spoke against striping parking spaces.

No one commented during a public hearing to consider changes in the Manufactured Homes Ordinance.

Council members approved amendments to the Mobile Home Zoning Ordinance that includes all trailers moved in will have to show proof of ownership and have a building inspection, only HUD-Code Manufactured Homes are allowed in the city, this represents trailers built after June 15, 1976; also, trailers built before June 15, 1976 cannot be moved from one trailer park to another and yards will first be responsibility of the trailer owner and then the mobile park owner for noncompliance.

Council members tabled a proposal to pay for a new curb on Oak Street. Endres stated that Muenster Independent School District plans new sidewalks on the east side of Oak Street between 7th and 8th streets and requested the city to replace the curb.

MISD board member Doug Hermes stated that the last one-third of curb is not functional.

Bohl commented that further construction could damage curbs and recommends waiting until all construction is finished.  At that time, the street will need re-paved and curbed.

Council members approved the Texas Municipal League MultiState IEBP Inter-local Agreement Re-rate Form for employee benefits that includes an increase of $23.56 per employee. The new rate the city pays will be $494.60.

Council members approved the COBRA Continuation of Coverage Administrative Agreement with TML MultiState IEBP for employee benefits.

A city project update was provided that includes Bolen Construction completed the street paving project, the sewer line replacement project started, the city’s main printer requires replacement, the city sold old equipment on the Rene Bates Auction Internet site and received approximately $5,000.

June’s expenditures were reviewed and approved for $328,284.72.

 

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Cooke County Commissioners Court approved a proclamation declaring August, September and October United Way Months in Cooke County. Pictured during Monday’s commissioners court meeting are Craig Lamkin, Nadine Creswell, Pam Sidwell, Kathy Reed, commissioner Leon Klement, Judge John Roane, commissioner Al Smith, Billy Roessler, commissioner B.C. Lemons, commissioner Gary Hollowell, Ruth Chalmers and Cooke County United Way executive director Angie Hare. Lamkin, Creswell, Sidwell, Reed, Roessler, Chalmers and Hare were on hand to accept the proclamation on behalf of United Way.

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The new Bosco’s Gym facility located at 1112 E. Main St. in Gainesville is up and running with state-of-the-art equipment and training available. Owner Sarah Galvan is excited about the new center that offers long time patrons as well as new members a place to rejuvenate and get fit. The estimated 7000 square foot facility houses an extensive weight room, work out space, treadmills, a cardio vascular area, aerobics, spin cycle room, two personal training rooms as well as a childcare facility. Hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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In the photo above, Dr. Matthew Bayne and his staff stand outside Family Dental Care of Gainesville.

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