By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun
The Corsicana City Council granted tax abatements to Guardian Industries and the proposed water park when the group met in regular session Tuesday. Both companies will be given 50 percent abatements for 10 years, and both are proposing sizable investments and the creation of dozens of new jobs.
The council also voted to grant an easement to the Seaway Crude Pipeline Company, also known as the Wrangler Pipeline Project, which will go from Cushing, Okla., to the Gulf Coast. There is currently an oil pipeline that goes underneath Richland Chambers Reservoir, and these two matching 36-inch pipelines will replace that older one.
The easement the city is granting is a 50-foot wide easement underneath the city’s property on East Highway 31 just behind Pactiv. The city owns the property as a future industrial park. Under the agreement, the city will receive $35,000 for the easement, and the company has to agree to bury it so that the city can build a driveway or other crossing over it. And the company has to move it slightly, to allow for more room on County Road 0070 should the city someday want to enlarge the road to help industrial development.
“Stopping it (the pipeline) is not an option,” said City Manager Connie Standridge. “They have (the right) of eminent domain so not granting the easement was not an option.”
Instead, the city negotiated to get the best deal it could from the developers, she said. Negotiations took about four or five months, she said.
Councilman John McClung abstained from the vote on the water park.
In other business, the council awarded the contract for mowing the city’s parks and open spaces to J&L Beautiful Lawns. The company will mow and maintain about 377 acres for about $225,000. The contract includes medians, city entrances, six municipal buildings and 11 parks. This year, the city also added some stretches of state highway in an effort to beautify the city’s entrances.
“We really just looked at the crucial areas, the on and off ramps, and the main exits to the city,” said Parks Director Sharla Allen.