By LEW VAIL
CORRIGAN – Plans to seek $275,000 in grant funds to help pay for updates to the sewer plant were approved by the Corrigan City Council.
Mike Walker of the Lufkin-based engineering firm of Goodwin-Lasiter, discussed grant options available to council and City Manager Darrian Hudman explained that the sewer plant needs more work to bring it up to date than the water system at this time. Walker said they do not have to accept the funds until after a final amount is offered and any matching amount is known.
Council adjourned to executive session, then voted to approve the 2015 holiday schedule, allowing for 14 paid holidays, including Jan. 1 and 2, 2015 approved in the 2014 schedule and Jan. 1, 2016.
Council also approved a revised employee handbook and approved the new city ordinance book with the addition of a new noise distance of 100 feet rather than the current 50 feet, This is effective 10 p.m. - 7 a.m. and not affecting the band at football games. Variances can be obtained from Hudman as needed on a case-by-case basis.
Hudman's city manager report indicated the sign for Corrigan Central Park is in and should be installed by the end of the week. The sign for Corrigan West Park is on order. He also has ordered the limestone for the expanded parking area by the community center. Christmas tree lighting will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 4 and Winterfest will be Saturday, Dec. 6, including Breakfast with Santa, radio communications with Santa, the parade, and other activities. The employee Christmas party will be Dec. 15 at 6 p.m.
Police Chief Darrell Gibson reported the department made a total of 11 arrests, issued 905 citations, answered 137 calls for service and made 763 building checks. They worked 19 cases and referred six to the district attorney's office. Gibson said that copper thieves have been busy in several counties and they found one business in Lufkin that still accepts copper for recycling, air conditioners for churches and large buildings are targets for such thefts.
Mayor Jonathan Clark read the fire department report, stating they worked one structure fire, four grass fires, two automobile accidents, one a pedestrian fatality, one call each for police and medical needs, a gas spill, two mutual aid calls and one vehicle fire.
There was no information during council forum and the meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.