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September 3, 2013

Council OK’s county services agreements

Corsicana — The Corsicana City Council approved the interlocal agreements with the county for fire, animal shelter, library, economic development, EMS services and jailing of city prisoners Tuesday during the council’s regular meeting.

The city provides certain services to non-city residents in exchange for some financial support from the county. The most controversial part of the agreements was the city’s ambulance services. The city asked the county to provide $350,000 for a year’s services, but the county commissioners balked, saying the county could only afford to put up $275,000 in four installments. The city council accepted the deal.

“It’s my belief that the county is not paying their fair share on EMS, library, and shelter services,” said Councilman Tom Wilson, who asked that there be further discussions on the issues during the coming year, before the next time the agreements need to be negotiated.

Under the other agreements, the county will pay the city $30,000 for library and animal services, respectively, and the city will pay nothing for housing of city prisoners at the county jail. The county will also pay 50 percent of the costs associated with the next economic development director, a position that’s currently vacant. The county pays $250 for each time a city fire truck responds to an out-of-city fire, $50 an hour plus mileage for fire investigations, and $100 for each call where a fire truck is dispatched but then told it’s not needed.

In other business, the council took the following actions:

• Changed the portion of the city’s zoning ordinance that deals with Specific Use Permits to spell out all the rules of an SUP. Among the changes is that if a new SUP isn’t in use for 180 days then it will expire, and current SUPs that are left idling for 180 days can be rescinded by the council.

• Awarded the contract for asphalt to APAC Texas for the same price as last year.

• Awarded the bid for fuel to Winters Oil Partners, which went up on its bid 1 cent from last year.

• Awarded the bid for flex base to Lehigh Hanson; and for bedding sand, top soil and washed rock to Gary N. Holloway.

• The water/wastewater chemical bids went to DPC Industries for chlorine and sulfur dioxide, to Chameleon Industries for aluminum sulfate and aluminum polymer blend, and to Brenntag Southwest for caustic soda.

• Gave approval to apply for a grant from the state to build new sidewalks with wheelchair ramps on both sides of Collin Street between Beaton and Main streets. The grant is for $150,000 and the city would have to contribute an additional $45,000 to the $195,000 project.

• Appointed David Wilson to the Animal Services Board to replace Leslie Ivie.

• The mayor and city manager recommended the following local events — 2 p.m. Sept. 7, Never Forget Memorial at the American Legion; 11 a.m. Sept. 11 ceremony at Bunert Park; Sept. 14 Second Saturday downtown; Sept. 27 Tire Day at the Navarro County Youth Expo; Sept. 28, Hooked on Fishing at the I.O.O.F. Park.


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