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August 25, 1977

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i PRESS ;OCIATION 1976 YEAR No. 34 i , 00l;r Malaku[[ 00rma MAYOR AL INMON administered the oath of office to Howard Julian who was by members of the City Council Monday night. Julian was appointed to the post Tommy Clark who moved from Malakoff to Star harbor, making him ineligible to office. [Staff Photo by Ann Rounsavall] Residents Prepare Is for Court S. Alexander 75 representa- Creek Lake and subdivisions morning roads are terrible. however, some of opinion about are going to get repaired. were pre- of Own- (PPOA) at a Tuesday Hall in City. Unit system, which a county engi- all county n a priority basis. engineer from outlined the at great length to and said it has well in Smith its adoption in t violate federal guidelines. Even though discussion of the unit system took up most of the two hour meeting, the second proposal seemed to be the one PPOA representa- tives will present to the Henderson County Commis- sioners Court at a scheduled meeting Sept. 6, at 2 p.m. Most of the speakers, while voicing approval of the unit system, did not think the pohhcal 'tuahon m Hender- son County would favor the road engineer plan. It was generally agreed that proposal #2 was the most politically expedient and would probably be least ob- jectionable to the commis- sioners court since the court recently voted to remeasure the roads. President Wally O'Neal and road chairman Forest Hat- raison said that Precinct 2, where, most of the Cedar Creek Lake subdivisions are located, has most of the county roads; its residents pay 30 percent of the total county taxes, and the area is MALAKOFF, HENDERSON COUNTY, TEXAS J :, '-: :, 10 Single Copy TIlURSI)AY, August 25, 1977 City Council Approves Budget, Appoints New Councilman BY Ann Rounsavall division roads in repair if they are within the limits of an incorporated town. Paul Williams, president of Trade Winds Property Own- ers Association, raised the question. "Whose responsibility is it?" he asked. "If a city annexes a road that has been dedicated to the county, does the county have the respon- sibility to continue to main- would allow the city to end tM tain it, or oe thg eit  yeFin :Lk. :" assume the responsibility?" The new budget allows for a Malakoff Mayor AI Inmon. broke a tie vote Monday night allowing a 10 percent pay hike across the board for city employees prior to unaimous approval of a $314,342.40 bud- get for the coming year. Councilmen Luther Ellis and Ernest Wilson voted against the across the board raise. Both men voiced their approval of the work done by all city employees, but Ellis said that he did not want the city to become "locked in" to a yearly ten percent increase. Ellis proposed that instead of ten percent a flat raise of from $65 to $70 per month per employee could be allowed, which would amount to about ten percent for the majority of employees. Mayor Inmon, in breaking the tie-vote, said that he felt a ten percent raise across the board would be the most equitable way to apply raises for all employees. Following the vote on sala- ries the council gave unani- mous approval to tim 1977-78 budget. Councilman Marl Drake said he hated to see the budgeted deficit of $3,960.51, but felt the contingency items, included in the total figure The question was obviously not a popular one, especially since President Wally O'Neal, asked the press to ignore the decision between the mem- bers about the legality of the situation. Judge Henry King, Bush- wacker Estates resident, said he had been to Dallas to get a legal opinion, and in "his opinion," the attorney gene- ral's recent ruling specified that a county commissioner could continue to maintain a road within a city's incorpo- rated limits if he wanted See PPOA. Page 2 entitled to a higher percen- tage of road and bridge money than in the past L s,o,T so,JECTS J O'Neal was especially in- censed at the tax structure of the county. "The people in the of road  funds according to of roads and ach with going to with the most bridges. This is as the Angelina tax rate of $1.42 per one hundred dollars of assessed value, with property assessed at a $.40 ratio. The tax rate is decreased from last year by $.08, and although many taxpayers will see an increase due to new valuations some Malakoff residents will have a decrease in taxes. The tax rate was approved with $.86 designated for main- tanance and operation and $.56 for tax bonded indebted- hess. Budget estimates include a $14,000 increase in tax reve- nue over 1976-77 figures, due or chang- outlines Precincts accord- !number of roads in each one. seemed the since it did not tion con- with- areas of the federal legis- One man one vote be jeopardiz- and that the in the county ,hich would Tiger's Play No Dumping! The Malakoff Tigers will scrimmage West at West Friday night prdparing for their season opener Septem- ber 2. Malakoff City Manager John Lott advised residents that there is up to a $200 fine for dumping within the City of Malakoff. Lott said that dumping is becoming a problem within the city, and that officials will make an effort to fine anyone who is caught. Dumping is not only un- sightly, but causes health pro- lake area pay 30 percent of the total tax roll," he said, "and the oil and gas com- panies pay 50 percent. That leaves only 20 percent for all the rest of the county. It is not fair, is PPOA's contention, that the county's total road and bridge money should be divided equally four ways, when one precinct has many more miles of road to maintain than the others. Fair or not, there is also a question of whether the com- missioners have to keep sub- Trojan Game blems as well. Trinidad's Trojans will be at Harmony for tb, second scrimmage game of the sea- son. Bake Sale Director Dies The First Assembly of God Reunion Church CA's will sponsor a rummage and bake sale Sat- The annual McGuire Faro- urday, August 27th beginning at 9 a.m. The sale will be held next door to Paschal Funeral Home fronting Hwy. 31. ily reunion, honoring George Washington and Martha Mc- Guire, will be held August 28. All descendants, friends and relatives of the family are invited to attend. Band Club Meet A special meeting of the Malakoff Band Club has been called for Tuesday, August 30 at 7 p.m. at the band hall. Band parents are urged to attend the meeting so that preparations for the first foot- ball game can be completed. The concessions staff will be appointed at the meeting, and club president Mrs. Mary Helen Jetter said that mem- bers are aiming at the most successful year ever. Thot God's storehouse is never empty. "cana Tuesday Red, Star Har- , died Tuesday in hosp follow- a retired Corsi- was one of of Star Lake. ff the board of Citizens State and had  a director for He also served on the board Presbyterian aervices will be today (Thurs- linister Presby- in Corsicana, Eugene Wood presiding. Mr. Red is survived by his wife, Susie Red of Star Har- bor; one son, Ted Red of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Pat McDernett of Houston; three grandchildren; two great grandchildren; three brothers, Roy Red of San Angelo, James Red of Dallas, and Frank Red of Tacoma, Wash.; one sister, Jane Red of Dallas. Griffin Funeral Home in Corsicana is in charge of funeral arrangements. The family has requested that any memorials be sent to the Presbyterian Children's Home. New Business Carl's Barbecue will open for business Saturday at their location at 614 W. Royall Blvd. The barbecue business will be open daily Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Carl and Faye Anderson are owners of the new bus- iness. Season Tickets Friday, August 26 is the last date for reserve seat holders for Malakoff Tiger Football games to renew their option on seats. Tickets are on sale at the high school office. to the new evaluations ap- plied this year and the in- crease in properties. Total revenue in the gener- al fund in projected at $183,371.25 with total expendi- tures estimated at $178,989.30. Net balance projected for the general fund is $4,381.95. The water and sewer fund has a projected deficit of $$.342.46 with revenue antici- pated to be $127,010.64 and expenditures at $135,353.10. City Manager John Lott told the council in earlier budget work sessions that reve in the water and sewer fund would be the hardest area to budget ac- curately, with new systems going into operation at all times, Lott said that budget estimates are projected as accurately as possible, but expressed hope that the bud- geted deficit could be over- come during the year. Howard Julian was appoint- ed to the council to fill the un-expired term of Tommy Clark who resigned recently after moving from the city limits. Julian was approved by unanimous vote of the council who expressed their confidence in him. Julian told the council thai he would be pleased to serve with members, and would make a whole-hearted effort to contribute to the work that they do. The council apRroved an expenditure of $1200 for the acquisition of the McGarrett property. The 23' X 152' strip of land will be required to allow the city to complete a paving project now under- way. Two committees were ap- pointed by Mayor Inmon dur- ing the meeting. Appointed to serve on the environmental review committee were George Riddlesperger, Bill Bradshaw and C.L. Nichols. Assigned to the neighborhood improvement committee were I.W. Brown, Valian Grayer, Oresta Jackson, Luther Ellis and Ernest Wil- son. In other business the coun- cil heard reports on a request by Texas Clay Industries to be serviced by sewer, a request that will require bor - ing under the railroad lines at a rough estimated cost of $3500; heard a report on the storm sewer project; discus * sed the possible need of' re- painting or relining the in- terior of the water towers: and heard a progress report on construction of the new city complex. Commissioners W'i,thhold Hospital Head Payment Henson County com- missiors temporarily over- rode the authority of the court ainted Henderson County MemOria]t:!Hospital board of directors Monday morning when they denied payment of $4,712.16 in accrued vacation and pay to retiring erine Vaughn. Payment of the money, accumulating since 1974, was the topic, of discussion at a special meeting of the com- missioners and the hospital board last night at the county courthouse at 7:30 p.m. Hos- Ipital board president A. M. "Buddy" Thompson re- quested the meeting. Thompson told the news last week there was no question in his mind that the county owed Mrs. Vaughn the money. Attached to the request for payment was a copy of the minutes of a hospital board meeting in March, 1973, which authorized hospital employ- ees to accrue holiday, vaca- tion, and sick pay time. Thompson was serving on the beard at the time the action was taken. He said he seconded the motion made by trustee R. D. Owen who has since resigned. County Auditor Tom Simmons told the News that payments have been made for accrued time off, but only within the year that the vacation time should have been taken. Commissioners expressed their objections Monday to paying Mrs. Vaughn's voucher because the leave time accrued over a period of years, not in just one year. In the itemized statement presented to the county, Mrs. Vaughn asked payment for 15 days vacation in 1974 at $8.64 per hour; 17 das vacation in 1975 at $9.08 an hour; eight days of vacation at $9.67 per hour and three days of sick :----.___.,.m Coesuited ..... ...... ;i!i pay at $9.67 per hour in 1976; and in 1977 for 16 days of vacation pay at $11.03 an hour and two days of holiday pay. Commissioners questioned the length of vacations allowed hospital employes: See IlEAD, page 2 ...... , .... County Map Work Viewed sioners and members of the President's Property Owners Association for over a year, and PPOA has asked to appear before the court in early September to make recommendations to commis- sioners concerning road re- pairs. Neill told commissioners that he had met with residents of the west end of the county earlier, and recommended to them that a road district be formed in the densely populated areas for the purpose of building and maintaining roads. Neill, who served as county engineer in Henderson County 30 years ago, told commissioners he was Henderson County com- missioners gave the go ahead to engineer Billy Neill to check into costs and time required for preparation of a detailed county road map Tuesday morning after a discussion with Neill and Texas Highway Department engineer Elton Myers. Myers presented commis- sioners with maps of the county that have been pre- pared by highway engineers, but stressed that not all county roads are included on that map. Myers said the map was revised in May, 1976, but has not been updated since that time. The map includes blow- ups of various towns, would be useful in compiling a detailed map of Henderson County roads, but the entire project would be slow, tedious work. He also recommended that commissioners include numbering county roads and identifying structures in the project. Myers gave commissioners his "unguaranteed" figures of county road mileage, not including towns, cities, subdivisions, or private roads. Those figures credit precinct 1 with 240 miles; precinct 2 with 280 miles; precinct 3 with 170 miles, and precinct 4 with 250 miles. Commissioners asked Neill to talk to officials at Hen- derson County Junior College about securing engineering students to do the drafting work under the direction of Neill, and explored the possi- bility of utilizing the CETA manpower program to fund a portion of the cost. divisions, and areas of aware of the magnitude of Henderson County, includin the problems facing them, a blow-up of the Cedar Creek and would be glad to compile Lake area. cost and time estimates for Cedar Creek Lake roads the project. have been a point of contro- He said maps provided by versy between commis- the highway department IT WAS TOUGH IN THE MIDDLE Friday night as the Malakoff Tigers took the field for their first scrimmage game of the season. ThetTigers will be in West Friday for Ii another scrimmage prior to their season opener Septem- ; ber 2. [Staff photo by Mary Brown]