BY LEW VAIL
CORRIGAN -- Corrigan City Council passed a resolution to seek a $275,000 Texas Community Development Block grant to upgrade the city's sewer facility.
Randy Banks, representing the grant writing agency, arrived at the tail end of the meeting and reported to the council a good chance of being selected since they did not receive funding in the last grant application round.
If approved the ground would allow the city to upgrade the sewer plant and council said they would address the need for new pipe throughout the system at a later date.
In other business, the council approved a $7,500 payment to the Corrigan Volunteer Fire Department. The department has received a $200,000 grant from the Texas Forest Service for a new brush truck. The grant, the money approved by the city, and a small payment from VFD funds will cover the costs.
City Manager Darrian Hudman also told council he was going to seek an additional grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to purchase a water tanker.
Council Member Bill Safford asked to table a lease purchase agreement for two police cars until January and asked Police Chief Darrell Gibson to furnish specifications for the vehicles. Action on the item was tabled.
Also tabled was an item to approve a circus that has expressed a desire to come perform in Corrigan this spring. Hudman was asked to research the company's reputation, insurance coverage, and what rides might be involved. Gibson said other communities have had problems with burglaries increasing while the events were in town, since perpetrators know when the show will have families away from residences.
In police department reports, Gibson said a total of nine arrests were made Nov. 19 - Dec.15. The department wrote 749 citations, made 130 calls for services, performed 817 building checks and worked six cases, turning four of them over to the district attorney's office for prosecution.
The report on CVFD activities for the month indicated firefighters answered seven calls, include one structure fire, two grass fires, two vehicle accidents and two involving power lines and transformers.
Hudman's city manager report covered the new signs for Corrigan West Park and parking around city hall, which are ready to install. D&D Logging has begun activities at Corrigan West. He commented that the Christmas tree lighting and WinterFest went well and wished everyone a Merry Christmas and to be safe while traveling.
Vouchers were reviewed and approved, as well as the November minutes. There was no fire department report. The only comments in council forum were about the continuing problem of copper thieves and burglaries. Gibson said the department works every day to identify thieves and checks with area pawnshops and recycling depots.