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City thanks VFDs for wildfire aid

BY LEW VAIL
Enterprise staff
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CORRIGAN -- During the Corrigan City Council's meeting last week, Corrigan Volunteer Fire Department Chief John Cobb, asked the city to thank all the many VFD's that responded to the weekend fire on the east end of the county.

Some 800 acres were involved in the woods fire near the Barnum community and people were evacuated for safety reasons. There was no loss of life and no residences were burned.

Firemen and equipment from Diboll, Chester, Livingston, Scenic Loop and Onalaska were among those responding. The fire was mostly contained by nightfall, but they were still watching for hot spots Tuesday.

Cobb also thanked the Whataburger, Sonic Drive-in, Pizza Hut, Lowe's and Wal-Mart for furnishing water and food for those volunteers responding.

Council discussed and approved a combination of stop signs and speed bumps to be placed on Martin Luther King Street to slow down traffic, especially in the area of the city park. Police Chief Darrell Gibson cautioned that the use of stop signs could become a financial burden and that speed bumps would slow down vehicles, but not result in a traffic ticket.

City Manager Darrian Hudman will work with the chief and residents of the street to find the safest solution to protecting the children near the park.

Council discussed the city joining in the new emergency management communications warning system.

After determining they could better use the total system to contact citizens of Corrigan, they voted to pay the .85 cents per household, which total 587, and make better use of the funds and system. Hudman will facilitate the implementation.

Gibson reported during the prior month the police department made 14 arrests, issued 1,080 citations, answered 245 calls for service, conducted 1,528 building checks and opened 19 new cases, sending 11 to the district attorney for prosecution.

During the council forum portion of the meeting, council member Johnnie Marie Brooks asked if Hudman could find a cable and phone company that would service all citizens in the Corrigan city limits. She lives about a quarter-mile south of the park and no one wants to provide service in her area.