BY LEW VAIL
CORRIGAN – The updated Polk County Emergency Plan was approved last week during the February meeting of the Corrigan City Council.
Mayor Jonathan Clark convened the regular monthly meeting shortly after 6 p.m., when a quorum was in place. Illness kept one member from attending. The council discussed and approved the Polk County Emergency Management Plan.
In other action, the council voted to sign an agreement with Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) to allow the city access to their computer portal. This will permit the city secretary to work directly with the system in Austin.
Council members discussed and reviewed the monthly bills, some of which were actually for a two-month period, and approved payments. They also approved the minutes from pervious January meetings.
City Manager Darrian Hudman reviewed the fourth quarter 2014 and first quarter 2015 financial reports. The council now has revised copies of each for comparison.
Police Chief Darrell Gibson prefaced his monthly report with a caution to all drivers — the department will increase monitoring the traffic light at the intersection of Highway 59 and 287. He noted here have been too many recent incidents of vehicles running the light or making illegal turns.
In his report, the police chief said the department made 14 arrests and issued 1,020 citations, made 144 calls for service and conducted 2,003 building checks. The building checks are being done during daylight hours, as well as at night, both for security and as a public service. Officers also have worked six cases and turned eight over to the district attorney for prosecution. There were five accidents during the month, but no fatalities.
The fire department was busy, responding to 12 calls including eight grass fires, one structure fire, one life flight assist, one vehicle fire and one medical assist.
During his city manager report, Hudman reported that the railroad crossing planned for the south end of the business park is on hold. The Texas Department of Transportation will add a turning lane to Highway 287 where the business park enters the roadway. For the time, vehicles will use that route to Highway 59.
Council conducted a brief closed session to deal with personnel matters, taking no action when they returned to open session.