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Gibson named permanent chief of Corrigan PD


BY LEW VAIL Contributing Reporter lewvail@eastex.net The Corrigan City council met in regular session on Tuesday April 16 at 6 p.m. in the Sechrest- Webster meeting room. All council members were in attendance. The minutes from the March meeting were approved and there were no requests to speak in citizen's forum so the meting continued. Council discussed and approved a resolution encouraging Corrigan citizens to consider joining the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow (COCORAHS) network, which collects data from volunteer rain gauge watchers daily and makes it available to Polk Emergency Management and Commissioners Court and many other entities who then can make decisions regarding fi re danger, fl ooding and any other conditions impacted by rain. Interested parties can join for free at www.cocorahs.org. The rental requirements and fees forthe were discussed and the new requirements were passed, they are available at City hall for those interested in renting the facility City Manager Grimes Fortune reviewed the monthly fi - nancial reports and stated that "we are at the sixth month mark and most budget items; both income and expenses are at the 50 percent level, we are doing well." After a couple of specifi c questions the report was approved by council. The City Manager's report covered the arrival from Arizona of the new refuse truck, it has been insured and is getting decals and exempt license plates and will then go into service. The new police cars have been ordered with expected delivery in the next six to seven weeks. The engineer has been out measuring eight streets for possible work, the bids will determine how much work can be done within the money allocated for road repairs. When asked if the entire length of MLK would be done Grimes Fortune answered, we don't have enough money to do any street in its entirety, we will repair the worst sections fi rst. The pumps at the Lift Station on Plant Road are being replaced by Pump Solutions and then the contractor can return and complete the sewer extension project. The new carpet in City Hall will be installed over the weekend and city hall will be closed from noon Thursday April 18, re-opening Monday morning April 22. The Corrigan Fire Department reported handling seven grasses, woods or brush fi res, one house fi re on Hwy 59 South, one life fl ight landing zone and made a mutual aide call for a car fi re with Diboll VFD. They are holding their 24th Annual Pork Butt sale fund raiser, if you want to order please contact a fi remen or City Hall at 936-398-4126. Police Chief Darrell Gibson reported the department made nineteen arrests in March, issues 204 citations, responded to 304 calls for service and made 623 building checks. They worked a total of 38 cases and forwarded 4 to the Polk County District Attorney's offi ce for prosecution. Chief Gibson said that there were some concerns when they added a canine to the staff, Offi cer Hight, the dogs handler, have since the fi rst of the year, made eleven arrests for drug or drug paraphernalia; the canine found seven incidents of marijuana possession up to one/half pound. A recent traffi c stop has led to ten arrests, and has exposed a nationwide drug traffi cking operation that could lead to arrests in New Orleans, New York and Arkansas. There have not been any negative incidents with this hard working canine. During council forum Council member Johnna Lowe wanted to correct information being told around the community: The city is not paying legal expenses for the federal lawsuit fi led by former Police Chief Ray Stubbs, the city is insured by Texas Municipal League (TML) and they bear the expense of defending the city in any litigation. Council entered into executive session with their attorney for personnel matters, ay 6:55 p.m. The attorney left about 30 minutes and council returned to regular session at 8:50 p.m. an unusually long two hour session. In open session Grimes Fortune told council "with your approval I am appointing Darrell Gibson permanent police chief" a motion and second followed from council and all voted for the appointment.


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