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Bids accepted for Corrigan street work
CORRIGAN – Bids for street improvements were accepted Thursday night by the Corrigan City Council exceeding the available grant funds for the project. Kevin McGee, an engineer with Goodwin Lasiter, Inc., reviewed the bids with the council, noting that the low bids for the work were submitted by Timberline Constructors Inc. totaling $314,442 for two "packages" of the road improvement project. Grant funds available total $248,000. Gee suggested the council accept both bids, with the intent to "change order" various sections of the roadwork, in order to bring the cost within budget. The engineer noted that with winter coming, work will not likely start before February. With Thanksgiving just a week away, City Manager Darrian Hudman, announced the plan for the Christmas tree lighting on Dec. 3. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the Bulldog cheerleaders entertaining. Then activities will move inside the building where the Bulldog Band Boosters will be selling Chili to raise funds to send the band to Branson, Mo. in spring 2014. New this year, the Upper Lake Livingston Wireless Association (ULLWA), will use their amateur radios to let children talk with Santa as he leaves Corrigan going to light another tree. According to ULLWA President Dr. Dennis Teal, "The club will set up a radio in the Corrigan City Hall area after the Christmas Tree Lighting for the Children to talk to Santa at North Pole. There have been rumors that some adults that will take advantage of the opportunity to talk to Santa also." Hudman also announced the plans for Winterfest, which will be Dec. 14 beginning at 8 a.m., with the Lions Club hosting Breakfast with Santa. The parade will start at 10 a.m. from the Church of Christ on Highway 287 and proceed east, ending across from the Methodist Church on Market Street. The judges will be half way down the parade route. For booth registration or to sign up for the parade, contact Desiree at city hall 936-398- 4126. Awards will be presented in a variety of categories. Following the parade there will be booths and activities and food in the street behind city hall. Council members also adopted a resolution adopting an anti-NIMBYism action plan, which is required of any agency accepting funds from state or federal agencies. It assures that the practice of denying building and ownership using the old "Not in My Back Yard (NIMBY)" actions will not occur in projects using such funds. City Secretary Dorrie Cotton presented a change to city pay system. Because checks have to be made out by Wednesday of every other week, they are paying ahead for work not yet completed. She asked that they begin paying for a straight 80 hours and pay any overtime or other compensation on the next period's check. Hudman said the employees were on-board with change, and it will only effect this first check after passage. This will eliminate changes to payroll when someone misses work or works longer after the checks are made. Council approved the plan. Police Chief Darrell Gibson reported that the department made eight arrests, wrote 638 citations, and made 231 calls for service. Building checks rose to 901 and that may be why the arrests were down, he said. Officers worked 38 cases and referred eight to the district attorney for prosecution. The cars are still in limbo, but it was reported that the dealership has received an invoice, so they are probably coming through customs. The Corrigan Volunteer Fire Department reported three vehicle wrecks, one storm assistance, and one power line transformer burn out, a vehicle fire, a gasoline spill, one structure fire two grass fires and two cancelled calls during October. In addition to the activities for Winterfest, Hudman reported that the sign for MLK Park was unveiled last week and the committee is working with Mike Self of Hartland Park and Recreation. He noted they will present a preliminary plan for the park, have an in-house grant writer, and qwould provide plans and engineering for the project at no cost to the city. The motor and impeller for the digester at the sewer plant is not in operation and the repairs will cost $1,000 with the work being done in Lufkin. The impeller is being built in Minnesota at a cost of $3,981. Hudman explained that new equipment would have cost $15- to $20,000 and just to have the impeller built locally was estimated at $7,200. He advised council that he would work toward having a backup motor available for future problems. In council forum Hudman explained that he checked with Texas Municipal League (TML) legal staff regarding the 'Public Forum' item removed from the agenda in August. They advised that moving it on and off in a monthly sporadic system is not advised as it could appear that the city was choosing when to let citizens speak. They advised to let it stay off for perhaps a year before reinstating the item. Council member Joanna Lowe said she was happy to see the stray animals being picked up. Member Earle Baldwin remarked "not in my neighborhood" and Chief Gibson said they were concentrating on a vicious dog in that area and asked for the public's help. Council member Marie Thompson asked Gibson or Hudman to check on a residence with weeds and other issues in the neighborhood, due to hiding snakes. The council cast their 29 votes for Calvin Jones for a position on the Polk Central Appraisal District.