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Colquitt Work Approved, Massage
Establishment OK'd in CBD
Kaufman County Commissioners Tuesday morning, June 18th, approved the interlocal agreement with the city of Terrell, and the project agreement, paving the way for the work on Colquitt Road to resume. The Terrell City Council approved the agreements at a special meeting last Friday, and had the items on their agenda for last night's meeting in the event county commissioners made any changes in the agreements which would require council action. The city council, Tuesday night, proceeded to approve the contract for the Colquitt Road improvements with Peachtree Construction in the amount of $52,711.50.
The Terrell City Council, at Tuesday night's regular meeting, also approved a zoing change for property at 100 FM 148, across Moore Avenue from CVS and Wal-Mart, to retail from light industrial, allowing for future development of the property.
The council also approved revisions to the city's zoning ordinance allowing for a massage establishment in the central business district in Terrell, and also approved a specific use permit for such an establishment to open at 105 West Moore Avenue in Terrell. On both votes, Mayor Hal Richards chose to cast a vote in favor in order to assure passage.
Two Terrell Citizens Presented
Certificates of Appreciation
Terrell's Police Chief Jody Lay recognized two Terrell citizens for their assistance in a May 8th incident which resulted in the apprehension of , according to Chief Lay, what was an active felon. Wendy Shepard-Tuten and Charles Harris were presented with certificates of appreciation at the Tuesday evening meeting of the Terrell City Council.
Police Seek Identity Of Purple
Costumed Robbery Suspect
Terrell police are seeking the assistance of the public in identifying an armed robbery suspect. According to the Terrell PD, the suspect, dressed in a one-piece purple outfit, possibly some sort of wrestling costume, brandishing a gun, attempted to rob a store in the 1100 block of South Virginia Street shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday, June 16th. The store employee refused to open the register when told to do so, and the suspect ran from the store. According to Terrell Police, the coastume is very distinguishable. Police ask anyone with information which may lead to the identity of the suspect, contact the Terrell Police Criminal Investigations Division at 972-551-6622, or Kaufman County Crime Stoppers (877-847-7522).
Sales Tax Revenue in May
Shows Increase in Area
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs last week announced that state sales tax revenue in May was $2.26 billion, up 7.9 percent compared to May 2012. According to Combs, growth in state sales tax revenue was led by collections from the information services and construction sectors.” The sales tax figures represent monthly sales made in April.
Local sales tax revenue payments to cities in kaufman county were up just over 17 per cent over the same month in 2012. Terrell's tax rebate from the state was up 17.58 per cent, Kaufman up 6.64 per cent, and Forney was up 20.24 per cent. In neighboring counties, Rockwall showed an increase of 11.27 per cent, Wills Point, up 19.08 per cent, and Quinlan was down 2.89 per cent.
New Superintendent Sets Standards
For Improving Terrell ISD
Terrell ISD's new superintendent Michael French introduced his choice for Deputy Superintendent, Dr. Jason Gomez, and his choice for Assistant Superintendent, Larry Polk, at last night's meeting of the Terrell ISD Board of Trustees. Both were approved by the board, along with the election of 13 new teachers for the district.
Scores were reviewed for State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness and End of Course assessment tests, and Lauren Johnson said a lot of work was needed to bring up the scores to meet rising standards. Superintendent French told board members "if we continue to do what we've always done, this is what we will continue to get." He explained changes that will be made and said "there are a lot of people that will be very uncomfortable during this process. So be it." French said he is big on accountability, "nobody get's a free ride... Good teachers will absolutely love Michael French, bad teachers will try to find a place to hide. And, we will find them." Following the superintendent's comments, School Board president Dena Risinger drew laughter in the quiet board room when she said "we all want to love you."
The board then met in executive session to discuss with legal counsel the roofing issues at J. W. Long Elementary School and the Performing Arts Center, and to discuss pending litigation.