By Lew Vail
CORRIGAN – During the March meeting of the city council, Corrigan City Manager Darrian Hudman announced the garbage service change would take place April 4, when Pineywoods Sanitation will begin weekly collection of residential and twice weekly collection on commercial accounts.
There will be no price increase with the new service.
In other business, it was announced the library will conduct their annual Easter egg hunt for pre-schoolers on Tuesday, March 22 starting at 10 a.m.
Municipal Court Judge Wayne Yankee reported the court has a new administrator who is a graduate of Sam Houston State University's criminal justice program and is being evaluated. He will report back to council on the progress. Yankee has been interviewing for this position for several months.
In response to a query from council member Johnnie Marie Brooks, the city maintenance department said they will have the county jail workers help get an early start on weeding city ditches, but right now the heavy rain has that on hold. The cleaning will also help the ditches drain better, however, the recent rain was exceptional in volume over a short time. The sewage plant was able to handle the additional water from the recent storms without difficulty.
Also reported was that work on rebuilding Plant Road is almost completed and it will become an farm-to-market highway under state maintenance shortly.
Council Member Johanna Gibson remarked she was glad to see the department heads attend the meeting so they could report to council on their areas.
City consultant, Grimes Fortune, reported they are working on the easements for the sewer and water lines to the RoyOMartin oriented strand board plant construction site, with a 180-day time frame for the project.
Police Chief Darrell Gibson reported the department arrested 15 subjects, issued 807 citations, answered 154 calls for service and made 1,438 building checks.
Police officers worked 20 criminal cases and turned 13 over to the district attorney's office for prosecution. There were a total of six accidents and no fatalities during February.
Mayor Jonathan Clark reported for the fire department, listing a total of 14 calls including one life flight and lift assistance, two each of control burns and grass fires, and five calls for medical assistance.
During the meeting, the financials were reviewed and the minutes of the February regular and special called meetings were approved.