Big loads banned on city streets crossing railroad
KERENS–Kerens City Council set a no-through truck traffic ordinance in motion Tuesday, July 9 by voting to ban heavy vehicles from traversing the Union Pacific railroad on each city-maintained street crossing the tracks from north to south.
Because the ordinance includes a fine up to $500 for each violation, council must vote twice on the no-through truck ordinance, said City Administrator Katherine Combs, with the next regular council meeting scheduled Tuesday, Aug. 6.
Kerens streets running north and south with railroad crossings include Bonner, Throckmorton, Humphrey, Colket, Donaldson and Goodman Avenues. The no-truck ban also encompasses the east-west 100 block of Southeast First Street that connects Senter and Colket avenues.
Not included in the no-through truck ban is the portion of Goodman Avenue north of State Highway 31 that is state-maintained as Farm-to-Market Road 636, as well as the segment of Senter Avenue that is signed as State Highway 309.
Council also voted July 9 to deny approval of the Navarro Central Appraisal District (Navarro CAD) fiscal year 2020 proposed budget. Government entities that have properties valuated for tax purposes by the CAD have voting power over the CAD budget, based proportionately on the number of accounts the CAD handles for each entity, said Kerens Mayor Jeffrey Saunders.
A copy of the proposed 2020 Navarro CAD budget shows total expenditures of about $1.43 million, up from around $1.26 million worth of previous spending in the adopted 2019 budget. The CAD has scheduled a public budget hearing Tuesday, July 16 in conjunction with the CAD’s regular board meeting at the appraisal district office at 111 E. First Ave. in Corsicana.
In other Kerens City Council action, members approved the appointment of Alderman Bryant Jennings as mayor pro tem, replacing Brandon Blue, who will remain on the city council. In addition, during his report on Kerens Police Department operations, Chief Bryan Miers recounted the June 15 Kerens capture of an Amarillo murder suspect, Anthony Price.
Miers said he was interviewed by several media outlets in relation to the capture, including Panhandle radio stations and Amarillo and Oklahoma-based television channels. Following Miers’ presentation, council member Greg Allen criticized authorities who were tracking Price – unbeknownst to the Kerens Police Department – for not alerting local authorities that an accused murderer could be in the midst of Navarro County communities.