Cedar Hill Chronicle (Cedar Hill, Tex.), Vol. 15, No. 45, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 12, 1979 Page: 1 of 14
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COVERING SCENIC CEDAR HILL- TOWER CITY OF THE SOUTHWEST
Presenting The News Without Fear or Favor
Vol. 15, No. 45
Cedar Hill, Texas 75104
Thursday, July 12,1979
Council listens to zoning requests, buys fire truck
City passes up Bosher's Arco station
Arguments over zoning changes, the approval of a
fcity ordinance, and the awarding of a bid for a new fire
truck, headed up the agenda on the July 10 Cedar Hill
city council meeting.
The council denied Dean Kirtley's request to have
the zoning at 202 % Main Street changed from
commercial to industrial. Kirtley operates a small
marhinp shoo at the location. Residents of the area, led
by Roger Williams, expressed concern over the
proposed zoning cnange, worried that more industrial
business could come to the area. Kirtley agreed to
withdraw his request for a zoning change after area
residents agreed to let him operate his shop.
In other old business, the council voted against
taking any further action on a request by L&N
Management Inc. for a zoning change. L&N Manage-
ment asked that at least 30 acres of a 95.67 acre tract
located at Cedar View and U.S. Highway 67 be changed
from industrial and R-l zoning to industrial zoning.
Councilman T. W. Cannady noted that the council
could not legally act until an official survey was per-
formed on the area to establish metes and bounds.
The land currently is owned by Southern Methodist
The council also approved and awarded a bid for a
new fire engine for the Cedar Hill Volunteer Fire
Department. The bid was awarded to the Superior
Southwest Co. for $36,785.33. Superior Southwest was
one of five companies entered in the bidding which
included: Boardman Co. $38,350; W. A. Neel Asso-
ciates $29,650; Simms Fire Equipment Co., $33,598;
and Pierce Manufacturing Co., $39,039. Charles Ray
Sims, Cedar Hill fire chief reported that the
recommended Superior Southwest because of the
quality of its fire trucks. He also stated that parts are
easily obtained from Superior. The truck should be
delivered within 160 to 180 days and will appear on next
In other business the council adopted city ordinance
79-526, making it illegal for any truck with a payload
exceeding 5,000 pounds to travel on residentiary zoned
streets. Violation of the ordinance carries a maximum
fine of $200 plus towing charges for the vehicle.
On advice from the city attorney, the council also
approved a motion to postpone any valuation of open
space land in Cedar Hill until January 1, 1980.
City Manager Bill Cox reported that new Cedar Hill
swimming pool is nearing completion, with a target
date for a grand opening at 10 a.m. July 19. The pool
opening has been delayed by weather and vandalism.
Cox also reported that the new water tower on U.S.
highway 67, south of Mount Lebanon Road is about 20
per cent completed.
Also, in the Wildflower housing development over 98
per cent of the city sewer connections have been
completed, Cox said.
On July 6 the council met in a noon open session.
Originally scheduling it as an emergency closed
session, the council voted to open the meeting after
deciding that no legal matters or subjects for closed
meetings would be discussed.
The council voted to relocate a Sewer presently
running through property owned by Jack and Paul
Webb near Red Oak Creek. The relocated line will
come out south of Cedar Hill Road for 280 feet then
through the Forbis property coming out on Wand
Drive. The line then will extend from the Boaz
property to the existing sewer line.
The Webbs requested that the council take some
action on the line through their property at its June 12
meeting. The brothers complained that raw sewage
seeped into their property and argued that the city had
no grant on easement through their property.
Although Cole Williams Inc. originally held the
contract for constructing the city sewer lines, the
company has moved all its equipment out of Cedar Hill
and would not be able to do the work at the price
originally bid. The new price that Cole Williams gave
the city for the work would be $6,835 higher than its
Because of this price difference the council agreed to
award the contract to G. G. Young Construction Co. G.
G. Young, currently working on U.S. Highwy 67,
agreed to do the work at the old Cole Williams price of
The sewer relocation will cost the council
approximately $11,000 more than the original sewer
contract. This cost includes the purchase of two ease-
ments and two additional manholes. The council voted
to deduct this new work from the Cole Williams sewer
line contract and add it to the G. G. Young highway
The council also agreed to pass up the option to buy
Bosher's Arco station on the corner of Texas and
Houston in Cedar Hill. Owner Petey Bosher gave the
city the first chance to purchase the station and
wrecker for $55,000 before he put it on the market.
Under the last bond program $135,000 was marked to
build a service center for city vehicles. The council
discussed the possibility of using Bosher's station
until the service center could be built or as a supple-
ment to the future service center.
However, the council voted against purchasing the
station because of insufficient general funds and its
unwillingness to use service center bond money to buy
Cedar Hill residents waiting to take that icy plunge
into the municipal pool can drag out their swimsuits
and stock up on suntan lotion because the pool is ready.
The pool is scheduled to open with a dedication and
ribbon cutting on July 19 at 10 a.m., City Manager Bill
Cox said. Bad weather and vandalism delayed comple-
tion of the pool, originally scheduled to open on June 1.
The pool will be open for free swimming on July 19
with regular hours and fees beginning on July 20, Cox
Cost to use the pool, located in Crawford Park off
Straus Road, will be $1 for adults and 50 cents for
children under twelve. Regular hours will be posted by
the July 19 opening date.
Cox complimented the seven guards working at the
pool. They have been fence builders, grass planters,
grounds keepers, interior decorators, cement
handlers and many other things they did not think they
were capable of being," he said. The seven guards
have been on the city payroll since the originally
scheduled opening in June.
The 25-meter pool will offer special hours for lap
swimmers and those who want to work out during their
lunch hour, Cox said. The city also plans to offer
special times for elderly and handicapped swimmers.
Productivity tax postponed
School board repeals local homestead exemption
THE CENTURY PLANT, although the name is a mis-
nomer, its blooms are rare enough to cause a stir.
Dorothy Youngblood of Cedar Hill planted her century
plant over 15 years ago. In early May her husband
noticed the narrow stem which shot up almost over
night, she said. Her plant began to bloom in early June.
The leaves of this desert plant will die after the plant
finishes blooming. However, the roots should remain
alive and continue to bloom.
Like other school boards in Dallas County the Cedar
Hill school board voted to repeal its $3,000 local home-
stead exemption for the elderly and to delay
implementing the new method of taxing agricultural
land until 1980.
Both June 9 decisions came in response to legislation
coming out of the 66th Legislature.
HB 1060, relating to implementing the Tax Relief
Amendment, allows a $10,000 exemption for home-
steaders over 65 or disabled. Also the state already
provides a $5,000 homestead exemption. With these
two exemptions elderly residents could receive a
$15,000 tax exemption.
Because of the new $10,000 exemption for the elderly
the board voted to end its local exemption.
The board also agreed to postpone taxing
agricultural land on the basis of productivity as
mandated by HB 1060. Currently all land within the
school district is taxed on the basis of its market value.
In 1980, the district will be forced to tax on the basis of
The productivity tax is expected to hurt school
districts like Cedar Hill that contain large amounts of
"It will tear us to pieces," School Board President
Don Smith said.
HB 1060 allows school district to wait until 1980 to
begin taxing on productivity. The Dallas County Farm
Bureau had been circulating letters opposing a delay
until 1980 and urging school districts to begin produc-
tivity valuation in 1979.
In other business the board voted to raise lunch
prices for next year. Secondary school lunches will be
85 cents, elementary school lunches will cost 70 cents
and breakfast will cost 35 cents.
Kim Lewis, financial adviser to the district, told the
board that the district lost money on the school lunch
program last year. Part of the loss he attributed to a 20
per cent grocery cost increase.
The council also agreed to accept Lewis' recommen-
dation to end any kind of discount for students who buy
weekly lunch tickets. "Not enough students do it to
make it worthwhile," he said.
The school board set dates to begin preparing its
budget for the coming year. The board will meet for a
budget study on August 2, budget hearing on August 13
and a tax rate hearing on August 6. All meetings begin
at 7:30 p.m. in the school board room. The meetings
will be open, Smith said.
In other business the board voted to begin accepting
bids for a depository bank. The school district pre-
sently uses the First National Bank of Lancaster.
The board accepted the resignations of Kathy
Gorman, middle school science teacher; Donna Aven,
phvsical education instructor at Bray Elementary;
and Mike Bolinsky, middle school science teacher.
The board agreed to hire Saralyn Murphy as middle
school science teacher, Paula Durham as high school
science teacher, Susan Key as kindergarten teacher at
Bray Elementary and Debra Braswell as instructor in
Cedar Hill will offer cosmetology in a cooperative
program with DeSoto for the first time this fall.
Propane conversion may end gas shortage blues
The gasoline shortage
has left many people
with a feeling of
frustration. However, an
alternative may exist for
with the introduction of a
The Texas Liquified
Petroleum Gas Associa-
tion (TLPGA) recently
issued information con-
cerning the substituion
of propane fule for gaso-
line for automobile
TLPGA claims that
the propane fuel burns
much cleaner than
regular gasoline. It is
currently used in most
forklifts and other ware-
house vehicles to reduce
octane rating, usually
between 110 and 120,
than gas. This is deter-
mined by the amount of
anit-knock and anti-kick
properties present in the
Engines powered by
propane run smoother
and generally last longer
due to the absence of
lead and carbon
Spark plugs and
freer from sludge and
dirt than conventional
gasline systems thus
requiring less main-
When contacted on
July 5, Catherine Rips,
information director of
TLPGA, explained that
propane provides about
10 per cent less effective
mileage than gasoline.
But it only costs an
average of forty-five
cents a gallon
throughout the state of
Rips also said that
propane saves motorists
an estimated forty-five
percent on fuel and
The TLPGA news-
letter noted that the
savings on fuel far ex-
ceed the original invest-
ment of engine conver-
sion from gasoline to
propane. The asso-
ciation estimated the
converson price ranges
between $80 to $1,000.
The Department of
Energy (DOE) also
encourages propane con-
version when feasible.
When contacted on July 5
Dallas branch office
spokesman said that
propane is currently a
fuel because it burns
clean and present
supplies run ahead of
DOE spokesman said
that the government
regulates propane much
the same way as it
regulates gasoline. The
diffence is that
jobbers maintain more
flexibility than gasoline
suppliers because of the
surplus. When a surplus
exists, the jobber can
sell his fuel to the highest
The department pre-
dicted that as more
drivers convert their
engines to propane fuel
the prices will probably
drivers willing to
convert their automo-
The L. E. Kline Co. of
Dallas, which is a major
supplier of the propane
reported on July 6 that it
all of the
conversion units in the
last four days of
February but have only
been receiving eighty to
ninety units a month
spokesman said that the
marked increase in
demand for propane
engines caught the
industry completely by
surprise. With current
stock depleted the
company has over a
six-month waiting list.
A check of local butane
and propane retalers
revealed that the
conversion kit shortage
has caused problems for
Dallas Butane, stated
that it sells do-it-yourself
kits for $400 to $1000. The
propane tanks cost an
additional $400 to $1000,
depending on the size.
The labor involved in the
conversion process re-
quires two days, if all
parts are available. How-
ever, Dallas Butane
noted that they have at
least two months of
Northwest Butane said it
will not accept any new
orders until September
because of the current
shortage. Northwest only
on pickup trucks or large
Godfrey Butane of
Arlington also reported a
problem with obtaining
*he necessary Darts for
company said it would
convert pickups if
motorists could obtain
the parts themselves.
The price ranges
between $1,100 and
installs the propane
convertors on automo-
biles. Huffines Butane of
Dallas aid it -should
receive a new shipment o
conversion kits frm
Aamco of California
sometime around July
15. Huffines presently
has 30 backorder cus-
tomers with an approxi-
mate 40-day waiting
period. Its prices ranges
from $1,00 to $1,200.
Every butane and
contacted by the
Chronicle stated that
propane is easily
obtained and plentiful
thoughout the Dallas
area, but getting an
remains the big
The Department of
Energy (DOE) com-
pleted the analysis of its
audit of the Super Ice
House in Cedar Hill and
determined that the
owners were selling gas
at a legal price.
The Super Ice House
on Clark Road was the
first gasoline station in
This butane tank may
Dallas County to sell
gasoline above $1 per
gallon. Mark and Phil
Bielamowicz, owners of
Super Ice House, began
gasoline for $1.02 per
gallon on June 21.
"Although they were
paying an arm and a leg
for it it was a legal
signal a new gas source.
price," Gene Campbell,
DOE public information
officer, said. DOE now is
auditing the Fina jobber
who supplied Super Ice
House with the gasoline.
45,000 gallon of surplus
gasoline from the jobber
in May. The regular
monthly allotment for
the station is 12,000
Although no price limit
exists on gasoline
available on the spot
market through the
jobber, DOE spokesmen
said little of this surplus
gasoline should be avail-
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