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EDC to construct new building

BIG MISFORTUNE FOR A Big Rig happened on Highway 84 in Teague on Friday, January 13, 2017, at approximately 10:30 a.m., when the truck caught on fire. Driver, Bobby Jean Freeman of Temple, stated that he had recently bought the truck and had taken it to a shop for repairs. The fire happened less than 24 hours after taking it out of the shop. Mr. Freeman stated that he was going to stop at Sonic and get something to eat when he saw smoke and fire and made an attempt to put it out with a fire extinguisher.. He got out safely but the truck went up in flames. Firemen were able to unhook the trailer and get it away from the heat. Citizens were concerned that it might be a hazmat issue, however, nothing in the fire was considered dangerous to the public and the trailer was carrying corn. It took approximately four hours to clear the area.

A budget amendment for the Teague Economic Development Corporation?s budget in the amount of $75,000 was approved by Teague City Council members during their regularly scheduled meeting held Monday evening, January 16th, at City Hall.

The $75,000 in funds will be used for the Economic Development Corporation to build a new building in the gap at 411 Main Street, between Rachel Anderson Real Estate and the former Carl?s Auto Parts building. EDC Executive Director Bill Elliott told the council that plans for the building are currently being drawn up and the building will also provide space for the Teague Chamber of Commerce office. Elliott added that the existing columns at the location in the front of the building would remain in place. No timetable for construction was given at the meeting. The meeting was lead by Mayor Pro-Tem Ron Rasbeary in the absence of Mayor Earnest Pack and Councilman Melvin Mims. In attendance were council members Marie Hertenburger, Chris Nickleberry, Marilyn Michaud and Rasbeary.

Action approved under the consent agenda included ratifying the Mayor?s acceptance letter of retirement from Judy Keally effective January 6th and rescinding a motion to hire Jerry Higgins as the Public Works Director.

In an effort to clarify 911 address for emergency responders, Council members agreed to change the names of the following streets: South 12th Avenue blocks 100-600 will become an unnamed alley; 700 block of South 12th will become Yoakum Street and South 13th Avenue will become South 12th Avenue.

Council members authorized calling for a general election to held jointly with the TISD on May 6th along with establishing regular procedures that coincide with the election.

Authorization was given to Mayor Pack to apply for a Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $345,000 to improve infrastructure within the city.

Council members also approved resolutions authorizing the Mayor to apply for two additional grants for the Teague Police Department. The first grant is a Homeland Security grants for law enforcement communications equipment and the second grant is a DJ-Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant for upgrading computer server equipment.

Council members tabled an agenda item concerning updating the employee personnel handbook in regards to compensatory time until a workshop could be held. The council gave guidance to interim City Administrator Theresa Prasil to continue not letting employees accrue comp time.

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