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Corrigan Council gets good news

 

BY LEW VAIL
Enterprise staff
lewvail@eastex.net

CORRIGAN – Corrigan city council members got good news last week concerning their sewage treatment plant. City Manager Darren Hudman reported that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) inspection conducted earlier this month went very well, with only minor problems identifi ed. Hudman told the council the inspector remarked he could tell the plant was in better shape than the last inspection as soon as he stepped out of his car. The city manager said cold weather continues to cause water line breaks, including a major leak on Oak Circle where the water was shut off to relieve pressure to get the pipe repaired. The Public Works Department is in the fabrication stage to get the guardrail project for MLK completed. In other business, Mike Self, representing Heartland Park and Recreation, LLC, reviewed the proposed park grant application with council, which will require a 20 percent match if approved. Council will await notice of funding before taking further action. Council voted to join the TIP/ TAPS Coop program. Described as an Interlocal Purchasing System, TIPS/TAPS is sponsored by the Region VIII Education Service Center (ESC8) located in Pittsburg, Texas (Camp County) and is governed by the Region 8 ESC Board of Directors. The Interlocal Purchasing System is available for use by all public and private schools, colleges, universities, cities, counties, and other government entities. All vendors are pre approved and this reduces the need for seeking multiple bids before purchasing. Council approved the holiday schedule for 2014 which conforms to the county schedule: President's Day in February, April Good Friday, Memorial Day in May, Fourth of July, Labor Day in September, October Columbus Day and November Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday, Christmas and New Year's. Police offi cers work 24/7 so holidays are paid at time and a half. Thomas Spurlock reported for the Corrigan Volunteer Fire Department's activity in December, which included two structure fi res, a grass fi re, one accident and a fuel spill, along with a car fi re and one controlled burn. On two occasions they were called back to dowse a re-kindle of a fi re. Police Chief Darrell Gibson reported statistics from Dec. 17 through Jan. 17 that included 20 arrests, 603 citations, 301 calls for service, 1405 building checks and 38 criminal investigations, four of which were submitted to the district attorney's offi ce for prosecution. Minutes from the December meeting were approved, fi nancials reviewed and approved in routine fashion. There were no items on the agenda regarding the May city council election, however City Secretary Dorrie Cotton said that Positions 2, now held by George Murphy, and Position 4, held by Early Baldwin, and Mayor Wayne Geeslin's position, will be on the ballot. Applications for a position on the ballot can be picked up from Jan. 28 through Feb. 28 at city hall during normal business hours.

 

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