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City council approves contracts

CORRIGAN – The Corrigan City Council approved four-year contracts for City Manager Darrian Hudman and Police Chief Darrell Gibson Tuesday night.

During the regular meeting, the city council skipped over three action items before going into a one-hour closed session. When they reconvened, Mayor Jonathan Parks asked council to approve the four-year contract for Hudman. Council approved the measure unanimously, without comment.

Parks then asked them to approve the contract for Gibson, and again without comment, council members voted "aye" with Council Member Johnna Loew-Gibson, who is married to Gibson, abstaining from the vote.

The final action coming out of the executive session was appointment of members to the park committee. Named to serve were Earlie C Baldwin, Joe Walker, Tamitra Hall, Dana Vanya and Gerardo Vera with Loew-Gibson chosen as the alternate council member.

During the regular meeting, Hudman discussed the need for a new brush truck for the Corrigan Volunteer Fire Department. The estimated cost is $225,000, but Hudman noted there is a grant allowing the city to pay about 10 percent. Since the CVFD has $15,000 set aside for the vehicle, council told Hudman to pursue the grant and return for approval to purchase.
Hudman also discussed the parking issues at city hall. The options are to use the lot they own next to the recently remodeled Heritage Building or on the north side, where the recycling trailer is stationed. He said he would bring back costs for a hard-packed gravel area and cost for a more stable surface.

After discussion regarding the city requiring all houses to have visible 911 addresses, it was determined that an ordinance would be required. It was noted that 911 addresses facilitate emergency responders, ambulance and law enforcement when responding to an incident. Five minutes searching for a location could be the difference in the patient surviving.

Council reviewed and approved the financial statement for September. Revenues collected for the first 20 days of October, which is the start of the current fiscal year, included taxes of $688 (I&S fund $593), police fines totaling $96,188, franchise fees of $225, water sewer and garbage fees totaling $64,280, sales tax income of $28,119, library fees and fines totaling $334 and miscellaneous income of $496. They also approved the minutes from the September meeting.

Gibson reported the police department made nine arrests, issued 1,207 citations, responded to 162 calls for service, performed 477 building checks, worked 25 cases and forwarded six to the district attorney for prosecution.

Parks read the fire department report and indicated they responded to two grass fires; two vehicle wrecks, including one involving the use of the Jaws of Life and the other involving both jaws and life flight; one call for medical assistance; four vehicle fires; one controlled burn; and one alarm call. Two calls were cancelled as not needed.

Hudman reported that the park committee has designated the new park as Corrigan Central Park and they will have a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. Saturday with hot dogs. He added the Spooktacular would be that night at city hall starting at 6 p.m.

Parks and Hudman drove the entire city and found 18 streetlights out. Entergy was notified.
All speed bumps have been installed on Eden Street and a resident reported during the council meeting that some of the bolts holding them down are working loose. Hudman said they would check into the matter.

Hudman reported there are several streets needing various amounts of repair, including Hyde Street by the housing authority; South Pine between Third and Fourth; an East Ben Franklin culvert just past the funeral home; West Third at the end; Cobb Street at the cul-de-sac; South Market at Fourth; and West Fourth at Froggy Bottom. All need base work and asphalt. He added Oak Circle needs a lot of repair, which will have to be done a little at a time.
He has prepared a spreadsheet of income for 2014, showing how much is needed monthly to sustain city services and how much comes in each month.

Council discussed and approved an ordinance allowing employees to claim credit for prior civil, military or any other years serving on a governmental body. This will not cost the city any funds, but will help employees gain time for retirement, which they contribute to monthly.