City approves 25-cent increase in water, sewage fees

By Lew Vail

CORRIGAN – A 25-cent increase in both water and sewer fees was approved Tuesday by the Corrigan City Council for usage over the first 2,000 gallons.

The new fee structure means users will pay 75 cents for each 1,000 gallons above the initial 2,000 gallons of use for both fresh water supplied and wastewater disposed of with the city. The city charges a basic fee for the first 2,000 gallons of $16 for single-family usage inside the city limits and $20 for single-family usage outside the city limits.

Under the new rates, customers that exceed the 2,000 gallons in a month will pay and additional $1.50 — up from $1 — for each 1,000 gallons of use. Multifamily and commercial user rates also increased by the same 25 cents per month for both services. The rate change takes effect Oct. 1.

In other business, the council reviewed the August financial reports and accepted them. In addition, council approved the minutes from the August board meeting.

Alvin Freeman requested council settle a problem with the land in his deed. The deed lists metes and bounds for the property at (lot 418) Fifth Street, but when recently surveyed, a portion of the property was located out on the street. City Attorney Luan Tatum was at the meeting and explained that the city does not own the area in dispute and has no jurisdiction. Freeman was advised to seek remediation in civil court. The original deeds are more than 50 years old and no heirs have been located for help.

Reports from city departments showed the municipal court handled one alcohol related case, six ordinance violations, 30 misdemeanor cases and 326 traffic infractions during August. The Corrigan Volunteer Fire Department responded to one structure fire, one tree fire, two vehicle fires and five trees across roadways during hurricane Harvey.

The police department responded to 208 calls for service, made 28 arrests, issued 962 citations and conducted 1,144 building checks. They also processed 24 cases, sending 32 to the Polk County Criminal District Attorney for prosecution. There were five accidents in the city with no fatalities.

The Mickey Riley Public Library had 995 patrons, 344 computer users, 37 who brought their own laptop or other device and addressed 524 reference questions. They issued seven new membership cards.

The water and sewer department was busy with fixing leaks and re-reading water and gas meters; and flushing lines. The public works division was busy with limbs after the high winds, removed a beaver dam from railroad tracks at Bear Creek and prepared generators prior to the storm.

Council entered executive session under the provisions of personnel matters, discussion of real property, and consultation with their attorney. They returned 30 minutes later and took no action by adjourning.