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Council talks Veterans Memorial upgrades



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 11, 2017

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–Mabank City Council members heard a number of projects in and around the city’s Veterans memorial that the Sarah Maples Chapter of the Daughters of The American Revolution are willing to help them with. Past-regent Susan Cothran addressed the council with her ideas for improvements. Some are things that can be done right away others were needing further research to make a decision.
City manager Bryant Morris said he would get a trash receptacle stationed near the memorial right away and look into the issue of a water hose being maintained to keep up with the landscaping. Adding another panel for more names under the Army heading was discussed, along with possibly extending the memorial to accommodate more engravings. It was noted that the colored brick used on the memorial is now unavailable.
The city also said they would look into procuring flags representing each of the branches of the military to add color and vitality to the memorial, which may also serve to distract the eye from any mismatched brick should the memorial be extended.
Cothran mentioned that she had spoken with one of the founders of the memorial and learned that installing a bridge to connect the Mabank Pavilion with the memorial for walkers to cross a low, muddy and sometimes watery spot was part of the original plans. She suggested that perhaps this project would be a great one for an Eagle Scout candidate to take on.
Lastly, she noted that the top rows of the engraved panels are being dissolved by the acids found in bird droppings, and asked for ideas to prevent further erosion. Councilman Tyson Adams said there was a product called “Hot Feet” that was a clear nontoxic liquid that when painted on the top of the monument would deter birds from using it as a perch.
Cothran said, the members of DAR are planning on holding a Veterans Day observance on Friday, Nov. 10, since Seven Points will be holding the parade on Saturday, Nov. 11.
In other business, the council members:
• accepted the certified tax rolls from Henderson and Kaufman counties. From Henderson, that total came to $43,311,560 taxable property valuation and from Kaufman County, $157,569,045.
• approved amending two ordinances to reflect modern wording without making any significant changes. And adopted the latest building codes in time to purchase the latest edition of the standards books, which should be good for the next six years.
• heard from Mabank House Authority Director Chrissy Adams announcing she would like to appoint Candace Chappell to the organization’s Board of Directors. “All our policies need to be updated this year, and I need all the seats filled,” she said. The board meets once a quarter.

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