City’s tax rate vote slated for Thursday

City council members in Rockdale will now vote on the proposed new city tax rate during meetings at 5:30 and 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, meeting at City Hall.

A scheduled session Aug. 30 was canceled and the meeting was originally re-scheduled for Sept. 13 but has now been moved to Sept. 20.

A 71-cent tax rate is proposed, up about four cents from the current rate of 66.9295.

Milam Democrats plan two candidate forums

The Milam County Democratic Party has scheduled two candidate forums, 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 25) at the Milano Civic Center and 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Patterson Center in Rockdale.

Stone said most Milam Democratic candidates are expected to appear at the forums.

The Oct. 2 event, billed as “Take Back Tuesday” is being organized through Milam County’s African American churches.

“This event will focus on minority issues and also include representatives of state and national campaigns,” he said.

3rd annual ‘Ride for the Cure’ Oct. 6

Bikers, start your engines.

The third annual “Ride for the Cure” benefiting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation will be held Oct. 6, beginning and ending at Cliff’s Tavern, 218 North Main Street in Rockdale.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. with the first bike out at 11 a.m. and the last bike in at 4 p.m. Entry fee is $20 per rider ($25 with passenger) and the fee includes a meal.

Best bike, hot rod and antique car will be honored and everyone is welcome, said Mark Clark, spokesman. Sponsors are needed. The day will include a 50/50 drawing and an auction.

Chili will go on sale at 11 a.m. for $5 and event shirts will be available.

For more information or to make a donation, contact: Lori Curr ie, 512-269 - 5135; Mark Clark, 979-201-1508; or Vernon King, 512-430-2098.

‘No enviro impact’ seen for apartment plan

The USDA Rural Development Agency has found the proposed Hunter’s Chase senior apartment complex the environmental “go ahead will pose “no significant environmental impact.”

According to the USDA, the complex would have to notify the agency if any “cultural material” is found during construction.

Also, no construction may be made within wetlands.

The 80-unit project would be located on East Belton Avenue. (See story, page 1A).

Thorndale schedules tax-budget meetings

THOR NDALE—The City of Thorndale has scheduled two consecutive sessions at City Hall on the 2012-13 budget and the 2012 tax rate, according to City Secretary Denise Melde.

Council members will gather at 6 p.m. Sept. 24 for a public hearing and then convene to adopt the budget and tax rate at 6:05 p.m. or immediately after the public hearing.

During its Sept. 12 meeting, the council adopted an ordinance governing maintenance of downtown area sidewalks, prepared a resolution to preserve the city’s eminent domain authority, okayed transfer of funds into a fire truck funds and hired Michael Moehling to fill a vacancy.

Fair queen application deadline is Sept. 28th

Friday, September 28, 6 p.m. is the deadline to sign up as a participant in the 2012 Miss Rockdale Fair Queen Pageant.

Neva Caffey, pageant director, said participants must be at least 16 to enter the Oct. 13 pageant.

Participants may use the entry form currently running in The Rockdale Reporter.

Entry form, plus a current photo, must be delivered to Mrs. Caffey after 4 p.m. weekdays.

For additional information on the pageant, contact Mrs. Caffey at 512-760-7562.

POSGCD directors set amendment hearing

MILANO—The Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District (POSGCD) will hold a public hearing on amendments to its management plan at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Milano Civic Center, Gary Westbrook, district manager, said.

According to the POSGCD, the amendments were suggested by the Texas Water Development Board.

The POSGCD board will consider amending the management plan at the board meeting following the public hearing.

A copy of the management plan, with the proposed amendments, can be accessed at the district website,, or can be obtained from the district at PO Box 92, Milano, TX, 76556.

P&Z board set to meet Thursday at City Hall

Rockdale’s Planning & Zoning Board will meet at 3 p.m. Thursday at City Hall, according to City Manager Kelvin Knauf.

Only agenda item is to review and update the city’s comprehensive master plan.

MCAD public hearing to deal with reappraisal

CAMERON— The Milam Appraisal District (AD) will hold a public hearing on proposed 2013-14 reappraisal at 12:10 p.m. Sept. 20 in the AD board room, 120 North Houston in Cameron.

A copy of the reappraisal plan is available in the AD office.

The regular monthly session of the AD will follow. One of the agenda items is adoption of the 2013-14 reappraisal plan.

Other agenda items include appointment of ARB members, ARB chairman and secretary, and agriculture committee member.

The board will also take up extension of the district’s bank depository contract, approve a designated funds amendment and discuss the district name change.

Benefit account set for 1994 RHS graduate

A benefit account for Luciana McDade, a 1994 Rockdale High School graduate, has been established at Rockdale Federal Credit Union.

Brenda Harris, spokesperson, said McDade is battling a terminal illness and donations will help with costs from many surgeries.

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