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Community Health Fair scheduled

Oct. 2 at UMC Family Life Center

Area health care providers will be offering a whole range of services to area residents at the 21st annual Community Health Fair on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Family Life Center of The United Methodist Church of Frankston, 161 S. Weldon Street at the intersection of East Main Street.

The event is sponsored by the United Methodist Women.

Family Circle of Care Mobile Clinic will have walk-up COVID-19 vaccinations.

Brookshire’s Pharmacy will provide influenza (Flu) as well as other vaccines.

Christus Ross Breast Center will have the mobile bus providing mammograms, and appointments may be scheduled by calling (903) 876-2235.

Carter BloodCare will be holding a blood drive during the event. Anyone eligible is invited to schedule an appointment for a donation. Carter states that those who have contracted COVID-19 and are fully recovered are eligible to donate blood 28 days after all symptoms have disappeared. Also those fully recovered from COVID-19 may express an interest in convalescent plasma donations at the Tyler location.

Appointments may be scheduled online at the following website:

https://ww3.greatpartners.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/108925

. . . or call (903) 363-0400.

If anyone has concerns about their pets’ health, Lake Palestine Animal Hospital will be there to help answer questions.

The Health Fair is free and open to the public.

The following providers will be on hand to help with your health needs:

Family Circle of Care Mobile Clinic COVID-19 vaccinations; Carter BloodCare for blood donations; Christus Ross Breast Center for mammograms; UT Health Frankston Clinic for blood pressure; Catholic Charities and Rainbow House Food Pantry for blood pressure and blood sugar screening; Christus Trinity Clinic for BMI; and UT Health Science Center at Tyler for free colon cancer screening.

Providing insurance information will be Copeland Insurance Group, Maximus (Medicaid), UHC Dental, and United Healthcare.

Other providers include A Pineywoods Home Health Care, ACCESS Mental Health & FAYS Programs, Christus Mother Frances Breast Health, Christus Trinity Mother Frances Pain and Vascular Center, Country Place Senior Living Jacksonville, East Texas Honey, ETCADA, Fitness Center UMC Frankston, Frankston Family Dentistry, Kindred at Home, Lake Palestine Animal Hospital, Twin Oaks Health & Rehab, and TxDOT.

Social Distancing and masks will be encouraged; providers exhibits will be more than six feet apart, and all COVID-19 mandates at the time of the event will be followed.

The UMW encourages area residents to attend and increase their health awareness through education and prevention.

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Frankston Council adopts property tax

rate, city budgets for 21-22 on Sept. 14

The Frankston City Council Tuesday night, Sept. 14 unanimously adopted an ad valorem tax rate of $0.0405375 per $100 property valuation and adopted the proposed 2021-2022 General Fund budget of $976,492.87 and a Water and Sewer Fund budget of $656,440.96, according to the following report of unofficial minutes by City Secretary Kelli Landreth-Smith.

The tax rate adopted is the same as the Total Voter-approval rate, which, in most cases, is described as the highest tax rate a taxing unit can adopt without holding an election, according to a Notice of Hearing. The notice states that, in each case, these rates are calculated by dividing the total amount of taxes by the current taxable value with adjustments as required by law and all rates are per $100 valuation.

The General Fund budget includes projected expenses incurred during the fiscal year which are financed with available funds such as sales taxes, franchise taxes, property taxes, interest earned, other income, such as building permits, and accumulated surpluses, if needed, the City Secretary said.

The Water and Sewer Fund budget projects expenses which are financed primarily through fees for water and sewer and other services, she said.

Ms Landreth-Smith told the Council that the reason the Total Voter-approval rate was being proposed, rather than the No New Revenue rate of years past was due to a lower total property value than past years as calculated by the Anderson County Appraisal District. She said the lower value was the result of a property value reduction obtained by efforts of a property owner. The proposed rate was required for the city to generate the same amount of revenue as last year in the fiscal year ahead, the City Secretary explained.

In other matters, Mayor Tommy Carr said, after a meeting with City Engineer Corey Frentress earlier in the day, he would like to have a special meeting dedicated to the city road project. He said the engineer has a list of 2.7 miles of roadway in need of repair with some roads to be curbed and guttered. The mayor said several town hall meetings are planned to educate the public on the project.

Also Mayor Carr updated the Council on the Lake Palestine pipeline project and a request to tap the city water supply to complete the project. He said the request would require approximately 18,000 gallons of water per day for construction. The mayor said that, after consulting with the City Water Supt. Michael Hatton and city engineers, he feels it would best to deny the request, saying that the amount of water requested would potentially damage city equipment and drain city water resources.

Mayor Carr updated the Council on property maintenance letters recently mailed out. He asked the Council for a commitment to help identify properties in town, working as a team on the subject. He asked for one property per month from the Council. The Mayor also updated the Council on various street and water issues being addressed.

Mayor Carr told the Council that city engineers are exploring the possibility of a potential water system upgrade. In connection to that, Water Supt. Michael Hatton told the Council that the city water system is currently operating at 92 percent capacity. He said that, although the city system is not in violation, it is operating in what is considered the Yellow Zone. The Council requested that the subject be put on the October Council agenda.

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Economic Development sets events,

okays local Museum improvements

The Frankston Economic Development Corporation board Monday, Sept. 13 approved plans for additional community events to follow the Square Fair, according to minutes approved by the City Council the following day, according to a report from Kelli Landreth-Smith, secretary.

The board also okayed improvements to the Kathleen Cook Fitzgerald Museum, located just west of the Frankston Depot Library and south of the Town Square City Park.

The FEDC board approved resuming the Spooktacular Sidewalk Trick-or-Treat event which was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They set the date for Halloween, Oct. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the downtown area and approved a $1,000 budget to finance the event.

They also approved setting the traditional Christmas in the Park for Dec. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. in conjunction with the Frankston Garden Club “Tour of Lights”, the park being the last stop on the tour. They agreed to make arrangements with Santa Claus to be at the event for picture opportunities in the historic gazebo and allocated $1,000 for decorating the gazebo.

Improvements to the Museum approved included painting and re-caulking the exterior and replacing the building’s air conditioning system to allow cooling on both first and second floors. They also agreed to investigate any additional needs for the museum.

In other matters, the board approve painting a mural on the side of the Ellis Mercantile building, located at the corner of West Main and SH 155 downtown. They projected a budget of $12,500 to paint the mural. Board members expressed a desire to have various artists in the area submit a drawing for review.

The board also considered welcome signs to the City of Frankston on highway rights-of-way. They expressed a desire to get designated locations from the state to see what their options are. The board approved a motion to talk with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDot) about the locations. 

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