Those with breathing difficulties are urged to take the proper precautions today. For the third time in about a month, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is warning of potentially poor air quality, by placing area counties under a level orange air pollution watch. Residents who may have difficulties breathing due to asthma or other conditions are again being urged to take extra precautions when venturing outside today.
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Quinlan – There's more problems at the gas pumps in Hunt County. Pumps at the Quick Save station in Quinlan were recently found to be out of compliance for the second time this year, according to a report from the Texas Department of Agriculture. The pumps were found to be providing a short measure in excess of tolerance , according to the report, which means consumers using the pump would not get all the gasoline or other fuel indicated by the pump.
Commerce – The Commerce School District has taken no action to the issues regarding Superintendent Mike Roberts.
That decision was made following a special meeting Monday, where board members were to consider an investigation into the Superintendent's performance of duties, conduct and employment contract with the District.
As of now, Roberts will remain on paid administrative leave. No additional comments were released and no future meeting concerning the Superintendent has been scheduled.
Greenville – Electric bills are about to go up again in Greenville. GEUS, the local electric utility system, has announced it will be raising the fuel adjustment charge it passes on to customers again, starting Tuesday. The charge is blamed on increasing natural gas prices coupled with a higher electric load due to above average temperatures in June. Charges will increase from 5.6 cents/kWh to 7.4 cents.
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Lone Oak – The City of Lone Oak is about to get a new Police Chief. The Lone Oak City Council is scheduled Tuesday during a special session to consider hiring Wade Kern as the new police chief, 12 days after it accepted the resignation of former Police Chief Neil Dent. There were also reports that Mike Roach, the only other paid police officer, had resigned as well. The Council has requested the assistance of the Hunt County Sheriff's Office in dealing with law enforcement during the interim.
Commerce – The City of Commerce beginning Monday will be spraying insecticide to help control the mosquito population. Spraying, to take place through Thursday of this week, will begin at 7 p.m. each night. This is the third and final city-wide spray the city will be conducting this summer.
While the product sprayed is of low toxicity to people and pets, direct contact should be avoided. Residents are advised to stay indoors when the spray truck is in your area.
Commerce, Greenville – Greenville and Commerce added more citizens during the latest population estimate. Population estimates released Thursday by the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) do however reveal that growth came at a slow pace. Nevertheless, between 2006 and 2007, Greenville saw an increase of 250 residents, while Commerce added 50 people. Greenville and Commerce were the only two cities in Hunt County to see an increase in population between 2006 and d 2007.