MOUNT VERNON, TEXAS
FRANKLIN COUNTY
COMMUNITY PROFILE

LOCATED ON INTERSTATE 30
NORTHEAST TEXAS
HALFWAY BETWEEN DALLAS AND TEXARKANA

 

SITE(S):
A -     40+ acres strategically located in city limits on interstate 30
100 miles east of dallas
Cited by sources as one of most valuable frontage properties situated on the i-30 corridor between Dallas and Texarkana
Within 2 miles of us hwy 67 and tx hwy 37
8 miles north of lake cypress springs, twice named ‘most beautiful lake in texas’ by d magazine
8” water and sewer lines to center of property
Natural gas on spur 423

B -      50 acres located in city limits on us hwy 67
One half mile west of tx hwy 37
All utilities at site: water, sewer, gas, 3 phase electric
Rail available

 

US CENSUS BUREAU MID-DECADE POPULATION ESTIMATE:

Mount Vernon: 2,633
Franklin County: 10,367

 

CLIMATE:

AVERAGE ANNUAL TEMPERATURE: 65 Degrees
AVERAGE ANNUAL RAINFUL: 46 Inches

 

MUNICIPAL SERVICES:

TYPE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Mayor / Council
ANNUAL BUDGET: $3,029.062.
FIRE INSURANCE CLASS: 7 In City; 9 Outside City
RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, AND INDUSTRIAL GARBAGE SERVICE AVAILABLE
PUBLIC LIBRARY: Yes
CITY ZONING: Yes

DESIGNATIONS:

National Main Street City
Preserve America City
Certified Retirement Community
Texas Main Street City
Visionaries in Preservation City
Keep Texas Beautiful City
Texas Downtown Association: ‘Best Restoration”; 2nd place statewide, 2004, Bankhead Highway Visitors Center

UTILITIES:

WATER

Supplied by City of Mount Vernon
SOURCE: Lake Cypress Springs
Capacity of water plant: 1.2 million gpd
Average Daily Consumption: 600,000 gpd
Peak Consumption: 950,000 gpd
Storage capacity:
Ground – 500,000 gallons
Elevated: 300,000 gallons
Pressure in Mains: 32 psi

SEWER

Type of Treatment Plant: Extended Aeration
Average Daily load: 250,000 gpd
Design Capacity: 425,000 gpd
Cypress Springs Special Utility District provides treated water
to unincorporated portions of Franklin County
SOURCE: Lake Cypress Springs
Richard Zachary, Manager 903.860.3400

ELECTRICITY

Southwestern Electric Power Company

NATURAL GAS

Centerpoint Energy

TELECOMMUNICATIONS / INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS:

Verizon / Digital, Fiber Optics
Optic Net / Dial Up and Wireless
Suddenlink
www.mt-vernon.com
www.peoplescom.net
www.wildblue.net
www.hughes.net
www.frontierinternet.com

UTILITY CONTACTS

1-Bradley Hardin
Community Services Manager, SWEPCO
(903) 223-5880

2-Tony Stonecypher
City Manager, Mount Vernon
(903) 537-2252

3-Ty Slocher, Supervisor
Centerpoint Energy Representative
(903) 826 1980

4-Paul Garza
Area Manager, Verizon
(903) 885-1701
paulgarza@verizon.com

 TAX STRUCTURE:
Basic tax levy – Proposed 2008 (per $100 assessed value)
Rate                       assess.%
City              .673870                   100
County          .474752                   100
School            .99024                      100
TOTAL          2.138862                  100

EDUCATION:
MVISD ENROLLMENT
Elementary    508
Intermediate   333
Junior High    256
High School   470

MVISD ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
                      District Rating                   Academically acceptable
Elementary Campus             Exemplary
Intermediate Campus            Recognized
Junior High Campus             Recognized
                High School Campus            Academically Acceptable
215 Total Employees at MVISD
124 Total Teachers in district with an average of 14.2 years experience

MVISD COMMUNITY EDUCATION:
Distance Learning Lab
Practical Parenting Classes
Drug and alcohol Awareness for Parents
SAT Preparation
Adult Basic Education
GED
English as Second Language

COLLEGES / UNIVERSITIES / VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS:
Location                 distance
NE Texas Community College                   Mt. Pleasant            20
Texas A&M University                             Commerce               45
Paris Junior College                                    Paris                       45
UT Tyler                                                   Tyler                      65
le Tourneau University                               longview                60
Kilgore Jr. College                                      Kilgore                  50
Head Start / located on mvisd campus 903.537.2256

TRANSPORTATION: 
Inside City Limits: I-30, US 67, TX 37
Interstate Highway: Interstate 30

BUS LINES:
Greyhound – Mt. Pleasant & Sulphur Springs
NETO – bus / van transportation for elderly & handicapped

RAIL:
Blacklands Railroad – Shortline Operator
The Blacklands Railroad interchanges with the Union Pacific at Mount Pleasant, Texas and the Kansas City Southern Railroad in Sulphur Springs, Texas, thus giving customers dual access to two Class One railroads. www.blacklandsrailroad.com

 

WATER:

Nearest Port Facility: Shreveport, LA
Depth:  9 Ft.
Distance: 130 Miles

 

AIR TRANSPORTATION:

 

Nearest Commercial Airport(s):       Longview
Distance: 60 Miles
Name of Airlines Serving Airport: ASA, American Eagle
Nearest General Aviation Airport: Franklin County airport
Type of Runway: Asphalt
Length of Runway: 3900 ft.
Landing Strip Lighted: yes
Private Aircraft Storage Available: Yes
Mt. Pleasant Regional airport:
Runway y length: 5000 ft.
Asphalt surface, Landing lights

 

DISTANCE TO MAJOR CITIES:

 

Atlanta                  650 Miles
Chicago                  830 Miles
Dallas                    100 Miles
Houston                  275 Miles
Kansas City             499 Miles
Los Angeles            1498 Miles
Memphis                  375 Miles
New Orleans           440 Miles
New York City         1350 Miles
St. Louis                  550 Miles

 

LABOR:

Counties within a 35 mile radius:
Camp, Franklin, Hopkins, Wood, Upshur

LABOR COMPARISON         :
Franklin County unemp.        4.0%
Titus County Unemp.            4.3%
Wood County Unemp.           4.7%

MEDICAL CARE:

East Texas Medical Center Mount Vernon
A full-service hospital serving the needs of Franklin County with inpatient care,                  diagnostics, and Level IV trauma care, surgery, and digestive disease treatment.
Specialties represented: Family Practice, Gastroenterology, General surgery, Internal     Medicine, Orthopedics, Pathology, Podiatry, Radiology.
Ground and air Transport Services
49 Licensed Beds
60 Employees
Perry Henderson, Administrator
903.537.8000

MAJOR EMPLOYERS:

Lowe’s Distribution Center – 1000 employees
Jordan Health Service – 13,000+ employees regionally
Carlton Manufacturing – 85 employees
Joe Tex Freight Forwarding – 25 employees
MVISD – 215 employees

FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS:

Edward Jones Investments
First National bank
Franklin Bank
Guaranty Bond Bank
Texas American Bank

TYPE OF NEWSPAPER IN CITY: WEEKLY

Mount Vernon Optic-Herald


TOURISM AND CULTURE:

FIRE STATION MUSEUM HOUSES THE FOLLOWING EXHIBITS:
1-don Meredith sports memorabilia exhibit
2-nations bird egg exhibit
3-local / native American artifacts
OLD DEPOT MUSEUM
BANKHEAD HIGHWAY VISITORS CENTER
MAJORS PARCHMAN HOUSE (HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION HEADQUARTERS)
CULTURAL ARTS CENTER
OLD JAIL ART MUSEUM
MOUNT VERNON MUSIC HALL
FRANKLIN COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
HISTORIC HOMES DRIVING TOUR
ALAMO MISSION MUSEUM
DUPREE PARK NATURE PRESERVE
CHILDREN’S MUSICAL ART PARK
LAKE CYPRESS SPRINGS:
‘Most Beautiful Lake in Texas’ as twice designated by D Magazine
Surrounded by 869 acres of public parks: Dogwood Park, Guthrie Park, Mary King Park, Overlook Park, Twin Oaks Park, and Walleye Park
West End Nature Preserve / West End of Lake Cypress Springs
Park Reservations, Call 903.860.7799
Owned and Maintained by Franklin Co. Water District
David Weidman, Manager, 903.537.4536


IMPORTANT NUMBERS
:

City of Mt. Vernon 903 537 2252
Franklin County 903 537 2342
Chamber of Commerce 903 537 4365
Franklin Co. Historical Assn.  903 537 4760
Franklin Co. Arts Alliance 903 537 4034
Economic Development Corporation 903 537 4495
franklin Co. Water District 903 537 4536
Franklin Co. Sheriff's Office 903 537 4539
East Texas Medical Center 903 537 8000
Franklin Co. Airport 903 537 2711
Franklin Co. Genealogical Society 537 3931


FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:

TERESIA WIMS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR
MOUNT VERNON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
BOX 597 – 109 N. KAUFMAN
MOUNT VERNON, TX 75457
903.537.4495 VOICE
903.537.2634 FAX
edc@comvtx.com
www.visitmtvernontx.com