By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun
The Corsicana City Council approved amending the city’s 2013 budget by $1.6 million when the group met in regular session Tuesday.
Of that money, $800,000 is from the general fund, about half of which would go into street projects, $72,000 would go into renovations at the animal shelter, and more for a Web site redo, fixing up more offices for the police department and municipal court, and $100,000 for city employee bonuses. The city has been avoiding raises the last several years by giving the bonuses, and this year is no exception. All city employees are eligible for the mandated step plan raises, however.
The council also took the following actions:
• Approved a request to participate in the Home program, which builds houses for the poor;
• Awarded the cemetery mowing to Farmer’s Custom Mowing;
• Approved a grant application for new police radios;
• Gave a 2.4 acre (75-foot wide) strip of easement to Oncor for a new power line to Pactiv. The city owns the property, which is intended for future economic development. The new power connection will be another selling point for future companies that might want to build on Highway 31.
• In a workshop prior to the meeting, the council discussed offering insurance to retired city employees under the age of 65; and to elected officials as if they were employees.
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