Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

May 21, 2013

Council OKs airport rules

Move enables city to receive FAA grant

By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — The Corsicana City Council approved minimum rules and standards for the Corsicana airport when the group met in regular session Tuesday. The written rules will allow the city to receive grant money from the Federal Aviation Administration, which comes through the Texas Department of Transportation.

The city can receive $600,000 for a new hangar, according to Terry Franks, director of public works for the city. The city would need to match the grant money with an additional $60,000, but that money has already been budgeted, Franks said.

Tony Davis, with CDM Smith, who compiled the document for the city, said the reason for the rules is to run the airport like a business. The document was developed based on a TxDOT template, with some changes that reflect the uniqueness of the Corsicana facility, he said.

For example, rules for flight instructors were modified to allow current standards to remain, explained City Manager Connie Standridge.

Dr. Dave Campbell, who worked with Davis and Franks on the standards, said the document is a work in progress and can be amended if there are any objections that arise in the future.

“If something is wrong, we’ve got plenty of time to go fix it,” Campbell told the council in a work session dedicated to the changes.

In other business, the council took the following actions:

• Swore in the newly elected city officials, including Mayor Chuck McClanahan, Municipal Judge Mike Russell, City Attorney Kerri Donica, and council members John McClung and Don Denbow.

• Recognized outgoing city attorney Terry Jacobson, who thanked the council for their support and service.

• Heard requests for city funding from local non-profits, including the Children’s Advocacy and CASA programs; the weather radar; Corsicana Emergency Corps; and Meals on Wheels.

• Voted to close a T-shaped alley between West 13 and West 14th Avenues, and running up to South 30th street. The homeowner’s carport was built on part of the alley, so closing the alley will allow the homeowner to keep the cover.

• Appointed Yeldell, Wilson and Co., for the fifth year as the city’s auditors. This will be the last year the company can do the annual audit, according to the city’s own rules.

• Approved paying for health benefits for the city attorney and the city judge. Other elected officials may also get health benefits, but they have to pay for their own.

• Added some new state rules to the contract with Intermedix, the company that does ambulance billing for the city.

• Approved participating in a HazMAP (hazardous mitigation action plan) with other area cities through an Interlocal Agreement. The city will not need to pay cash to participate, but will need to offer some in-kind work, and some information.

• Granted a variance to Brinson Ford to let the company use metal instead of masonry on its exterior. Renderings of the dealership’s remodel showed a futuristic-looking building.

• Tabled an agreement with Oncor regarding reimbursement of some street lighting bills from the past.

• During the announcements portion, the mayor said that the groundbreaking for the new water park will be at 1 p.m. June 14. The city offices will be closed Monday for Memorial Day. June 8 will be the “Boots and Brews” themed Second Saturday event downtown.

• Agreed to participate in the annual city/county cleanup day scheduled for June 1.

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