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Citations given in appreciation for emergency aid

By Lew Vail

CORRIGAN -- Certificates of appreciation from Corrigan Mayor Johnna Lowe Gibson were awarded last week to Ariel and Albert Richards, recognizing them for the assistance they provided to an injured citizen during a recent mobile veterinary clinic in Corrigan.

The two were recognized during the Corrigan City Council meeting and were cited for rendering aid until emergency medical technicians arrived at the scene. Gibson thanked them for their quick actions and remarked that this is a good example of citizens working together.

In other meeting business, City Manager Darrian Hudman presented information regarding the proposed purchase of property adjourning the current sewer plant on East Ben Franklin Street. He noted there are two tracts, one valued at $5,504 and the second at $1,412. Council voted to offer those bids to owners and have Hudman report the answers next month.

Council also voted to retain the accounting firm of Gollob, Morgan and Peddy, LLC, to complete the 2017 audit. No estimate of cost was discussed.

Police Chief Darrell Gibson reported the department made 40 arrests during June, issued 1,329 citations, answered 208 calls for service and made 1,542 building checks. Corrigan officers worked 22 cases and forwarded five to the Polk County District Attorney's Office for prosecution. There were five accidents in the city limits with no fatalities.

The Corrigan Volunteer Fire Department's report indicated firefighters responded to 10 calls consisting of three automobile accidents as well as a brush fire, a vehicle fire, a jaws extraction and a report of a tree blocking a roadway.

Gibson introduced officer Johnson, a trained fireman who recently was commissioned as a peace officer and serves as an officer for the Corrigan Police Department. He has been assisting the VFD in training and located some needed fire gear, which is used but serviceable, at no cost from the Houston Fire Department.

Johnson discussed with council the needs for young men and women to volunteer for the department to support the community. He is working with the mayor to develop equipment lists for council to consider and fundraisers to help defray the cost.

Hudman also reported the city crews are working on the lift station south of town.

During items from council, they discussed the need for speed bumps on MLK south in the park area. There had been some located there, but they are now gone. Without a fence at the park, children can run out into the street for a ball or toy and be hit. Councilwoman Johnnie Brooks remarked that drainage down MLK at second and third streets is still bad during heavy downpours.

Council reviewed and accepted the financials and minutes from the June meeting.