Don Denbow

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News from the Mayor Archive

Jul 19

Taxation

Posted on July 19, 2019 at 7:50 AM by John Shelton

It has come to my attention that during a recent Texas Municipal League training, attended by a fellow Council Member, a reference to taxation as “shaking the money tree” was made by a presenter. While this comment may have been an attempt at humor, I nor the rest of the Council regard the taxpayers as a money tree. The reference is not humorous and is unacceptable. My sentiment has been conveyed to TML at the highest level. I would like the citizens to know that the Council regards the process of taxation very seriously. This is demonstrated by the consistent tax rate over the last 15 years. The City Charter mandates that the Council exercise fiduciary responsibility in every decision that we make that impacts the citizens.
Jul 11

Community Spirit and Freedom Fest

Posted on July 11, 2019 at 4:31 PM by Erica Stubbs

Corsicana’s community spirit was on display last week for the annual Freedom Fest Fireworks at the IOOF Park. I want to commend the organizations which worked together to create this spectacular event, starting with the Corsicana Rotary Club for their coordination of activities for our youth and vendors. As always, the Parks and Recreation Department’s coordination of sponsors to pay for the fireworks was appreciated, by what appeared to be thousands of people inside the park, along the streets, and at good vantage points in the area. Corsicana Fire Rescue’s creativity in providing hands-on activities for children was a big hit. The water hose game, smoke tunnel, fire safety house, and providing fireworks safety education was a terrific addition to the event. An estimated 800 people met Fire Rescue staff and volunteers and took home free gifts. The Salvation Army of Navarro County, VOICE, Navarro Regional Hospital, and the American Red Cross were well represented. Navarro Regional Hospital provided cool towels and the Salvation Army and Red Cross made cold water available to attendees. The Corsicana Police Department assisted with coordination of the event and kept everyone safe. The Coyote Squadron Commemorative Air Force based at C. David Campbell Field also participated in the celebration by making a three-plane formation flyover.

The service organizations that created this event make it look easy, but it takes months of communication and planning by citizens who volunteer their time to make Corsicana a better place to live, as well as the generous support of local sponsors. Throughout the year I see examples of clubs and associations putting service before self. If you are not part of one of these clubs and would like to find a place for your time and talent, the Corsicana and Navarro County Chamber of Commerce is an excellent resource, at www.corsicana.org.
Jul 03

Water and Wastewater Rates to be Discussed

Posted on July 3, 2019 at 5:00 PM by Erica Stubbs

A proposed increase in water and wastewater rates will be discussed during the July 8 Council meeting. Both of these fees support our Utility Department, an enterprise fund, which is operated as a business and must support expenses with its own revenue. Last year water rates were increased 35 cents per one thousand gallons of water. This was the first change of fees in the last 4 years.

The proposed increase of 10 cents for water and 20 cents for wastewater is not due to usage variations but, necessitated by aging infrastructure. Our water pipes and sewage clay pipes were initially put into service in the year 1880 through the early part of the twentieth century. This year, the city is projected to spend 4.9 million dollars on repair and replacement of lines. Next year, 6.2 million dollars is budgeted. Because the lines are underground, problems are not easily detected and usually appear when the lines have already failed. The City is using the latest technology called pipe-bursting to repair lines. This helps our efforts but still is not enough.

If passed, the average single-family home’s water bill will increase by $1.40 per month. Corsicana’s proposed rate is still lower than nearby towns such as Waxahachie, Farmer’s Branch, Midlothian, Ennis and Southlake. Yet, our water quality is cleaner and tastes better, earning the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQ) rating of “Superior Water System”.

Growth of the city will eventually require building a water treatment plant at Lake Halbert costing 40 million dollars. This will be mandated by the TCEQ and will have to be financed out of the Utility Fund.

The complete 2019 Water and Wastewater Rate Study is available at www.cityofcorsicana.com under “Government”, “Council” and “Reports and Documents”. If you want to know more about this issue, come by the Mayor’s office at 200 North 12th Street.