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Stories Added - January 2009
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City approves agreement with ESD
Houston County Courier -  January 2009
By Daphne Hereford
Managing Editor

During the regular meeting held on Monday, Jan. 5, members of Crockett City Council approved an agreement with Emergency Services District #2 (ESD #2) for the calendar year 2009.
According to the agreement, ESD #2 will pay the city $51,580 for fire protection and suppression as well as emergency rescue for designated areas outside the city limits.
City Administrator Ron Duncan said the agreement was the same document presented to council at the last meeting but since the city had only received it a couple of days before the meeting the Crockett Fire Department chief felt they should evaluate the numbers.
“This is a considerable improvement over what we’ve had in the past and recommend approval,” Duncan said.
In other fire department business, council authorized the city administrator to request sealed bids for the purchase of a new 2,000-gallon tanker truck for the Crockett Fire Department.
Duncan said the best vendors to supply the tanker truck will probably be from out of state.
CFD chief Darrell Deckard said the department is aware of the specifications needed and want to stay in the $150,000 range to  take full advantage of the grant.
“We will pursue every avenue to make sure we get the best price and equipment,” Deckard said.
During the fire department year-end report, Deckard said the 480 calls made was a record for a year, adding that the written records he could find for the department only go back to 1948.
Deckard said the department responded to 50 calls for the hurricane and that no injuries of civilians or firefighters were reported for the year 2008.
During other reports, Crockett Police Department Sergeant Doug King said the department was presently fully staffed; one officer was still in training and one officer was out on sick leave with a broken arm he sustained while off duty.
In other business council approved a resolution authorizing participation with the Alliance of TXU/Oncor Cities (ATOC). Duncan said the city was merely renewing their relationship with ATOC to keep up with rate cases that could ultimately affect consumers.
The resolution authorizes the law firm Herrera and Boyle PLLC to act on behalf of the city and ATOC in connection with the project. The city’s contribution amounted to $441.91.



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