First ‘communication’ meeting in Thorndale

THOR NDALE— Communit y leaders will host the first in a series of “community communication” meetings at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, in the Thorndale Chamber of Commerce community room.

“These meetings are an effort to keep citizens better informed, as well as to give them an opportunity to ask questions and give input on city, school and county affairs,” County Judge Dave Barkemeyer said.

In addition to Barkemeyer, those present will include: Bill Simank, Thorndale mayor; Casey Callahan, TISD superintendent; Jeff Muegge, Precinct 4 commissioner; and Gary Northcott, Precinct 4 JP.

“Each will give a short update covering their areas of responsibility and then the sessions will be open for questions and input,” Barkemeyer said.

‘First Impression’ will present suggestions

Operation First Impression has completed its work and will make recommendations to the Rockdale City Council at the July meeting, according to City Manager Kelvin Knauf.

The task force, which is composed of members of the council and Municipa l Development District, held its final session Wednesday.

Knauf said recommendations are expected to include:

• Removal of signs at closed businesses within 30 days of closing.

• Approach county to adopt a program for solid waste collection, similar to Burleson County which charges an annual $ 25 fee and has public dumpsters available.

• More public education on the cit y’s brush chipper service.

“Operation First Impression also talked about solid waste disposal, discussed ways to help the RV parks and has made a DVD of Cameron Avenue (US 79) which will help document future improvements,” Knauf said.

100s continue with no relief in sight

Rockdale recorded five more days of 100- degree- plus heat during the past week, raising the total for June, so far, to 10.

The mercury climbed to 104 on Tuesday.

A total of .001 (one one-hundredth) inch of precipitation was logged last Tuesday, June 7, in the U. S. Weather Service rain gauge at KRXT-FM.

Thorndale ISD okays bank deposit contract

THORNDALE—School trustees in the Thorndale ISD met in regular session Monday and named Citizens National Bank as the district’s depository.

Supt. Casey Callahan said proposals were presented from CNB, Classic Bank and Bank of Texas.

Trustees reorganized the board as follows: David Hall, president; Brian Fisher, vicepresident; Ann Glenn, secretary.

New boa rd member s Trey Felton and Dean Betak were sworn in.

Post Oak Savannah will host GMA-12

MILANO—The Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District will host two Groundwater Management Area (GMA) 12 joint planning meetings June 30 in the Milano Community and Civic Center.

Meetings are set for 10 and 10:10 a.m., according to Gary Westbrook, POSGCD manager.

Agenda items include presentations of desired future conditions (DFCs) and amendments to previously adopted DFCs, general and statement of inclusion from groundwater conservation districts.

GMA-12 is comprised of five groundwater conservation districts.

Hospital board meets in monthly session

Rockdale Hospital District board members met for a routine regular session Monday at Richards Memorial Hospital.

Directors heard reports on expenses and collections for May and June and discussed the district’s audit report.

Thorndale reappoints chief, municipal judge

THORNDALE— City council members in Thorndale met last Wednesday (June 8) and reappointed two city officials.

Fred Keefer was reappointed police chief and Jerry Waggoner will continue to serve as municipal judge.

Waggoner is also municipal judge in Rockdale.

City Secretary Denise Melde said the council named Jack Willis mayor pro tem and postponed participation in the National Flood Insurance program.

City meetings slated Wednesday, Thursday

The Rockdale Airport Board was to meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, at City Hall.

Only agenda item was to discuss an airport hazard zoning ordinance.

It’s the Planning & Zoning Commission’s turn at 3 p. m. Thursday, also at City Hall. The board w ill discuss the cit y’s comprehensive master plan.

MCAD directors slate session for Thursday

CAMERON—Milam County Appraisal District directors will discuss the 2012 budget when they meet in regular session at 12:15 p.m. Thursday in the MCAD’s Cameron office, Chief Appraiser Pat Moraw said.

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