Joanna Fritz, President and CEO of the Corsicana & Navarro County Chamber of Commerce, presented the Corsicana Convention and Visitor's Bureau quarterly report to the Corsicana City Council during its Feb. 10 session.
The City Council approved a contract for providing electrical service.
According to the report, grants have been approved to the Warehouse Living Arts Center, Navarro Council of the Arts, and the Palace Theatre.
Corsicana themed ads were placed in Southern Travel + Lifestyles, Texas Highways, and several other publications, and the electronic billboard remains continually updated, and 14 boards on Interstate Highway 45 drive people to visit Corsicana and the visitcorsicana.com website.
Advertising traffic to both the website and the Visitor Center is being tracked. From Oct. 22 to Dec. 31, 121 visitors came into the Visitor Center, and a growing number online requests about the city. With the additional attention from the Netfilx Cheer series, the Chamber is looking to capitalize on that in billboard marketing. In addition, the visitor map has been revised.
Council member Pct. 3 Chris Woolsey praised the downtown murals, calling them “a fantastic part of tourism that we can really take advantage of” due to their social media friendly appeal.
The Texas Department of Transportation visited the Visitor Center with 28 Travel Counselors representing. TXDot was given a 90-minute tour of Corsicana, and a three-dimensional press kit complete with a can of Wolf Brand Chili and an insulated lunchbox.
The Council approved a contract with Direct Energy Business, LLC to provide electric service with a stable defined rate of .03189 kilowatt per hour for the next 10 years.
The Council awarded a bid to Texas Environmental Placticsm Ltd. for the Sector 13 – Geosynthetic Liner System and Geosynthetic Clay Liner at the Corsicana Regional Landfill. The project is funded through the Landfill Maintenance Budget.
The Council accepted a donation of property located in Block 1046, Lot S Parts 2 and 3, also known as 3015 North Beaton Street. The property is adjacent to Fire Station No. 4 and has been reviewed by the Fire Chief of Corsicana, Paul Henley, as a benefit to the department, pending an environmental assessment.
During the public forum, Mayor Don Denbow reminded the chamber audience that if there are any questions regarding State of the City, he or members of the Council would be more than happy to speak to residents one on one.
The Council approved the City Manager to appoint George Burrell to the Civil Service Commission.
Upcoming events for the public include:
The landfill will be closed Saturday, Feb. 15, reopening Monday, Feb. 17.
City offices will be closed in observance of Presidents Day on Feb. 17.
At the conclusion of the evening's meeting, Councilman Woolsey recognized Chief Henley for his “outstanding performance” in Navarro College's recent Dancing for Our Stars fundraiser.