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Colmesneil works toward adopting Emergency Management Program

by Michael G. Maness

The first reading of Ordinance #100 by the Colmesneil City Council set the stage for the adoption of its Emergency Management Program at its Tuesday evening meeting Jan. 14.
After convening with a quorum at 7 p.m., the council approved the minutes and proceeded with the first reading of their proposed program, which had been in the works jointly with Tyler County and Emergency Coordinator Dale Freeman. The ordinance established the mayor as the city's Emergency Management Director with indemnified powers to direct the city employees and even delegate powers to a coordinator like Freeman. The plan includes the intent to cooperate with the county and state. Funds associated with any emergency will still need city council approval.

Associated with the program's first reading was a first reading of the Joint Resolution Establishing an Inter-Jurisdictional Emergency Management Plan between Colmesneil and Tyler County, to be signed by the mayor and county judge, the plan allowing each entity to withdraw with 60 days notice. The goal of both the city's program and the joint resolution was to work together at progressive stages within a comprehensive strategy to keep the people of the city and county safe through the efficient use of resources.

City Secretary Carrie Edwards reported that the state had not sent the money yet to pay the contractor for the road repair, but inquiries from the state assured that the money was en route.

During the freeze after the new year, several leaks caused some minor inconvenience. The worst was a six inch main near the telephone company. A few elderly residents complained about dirty water. Mayor Don Baird himself checked out the water quality, which was nothing a flushing of the pipes could not cure.