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News from the Mayor Archive

Jul 28

COVID-19 Cases are on the Rise - See List of Local Vaccine Locations

Posted on July 28, 2021 at 2:40 PM by John Shelton

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Commissioner, Dr. John Hellerstedt, the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise.  The reason for the recent increase in cases is due to the more contagious Delta variant.  The best way to protect yourself is to get fully vaccinated which includes both doses of Pfizer/Moderna or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson. The vaccines are safe and powerfully effective.   Pediatricians, DSHS and the CDC recommend vaccines for children 12 and older.  Unvaccinated people are at the greatest risk from COVID-19.

 

The new variant spreads twice as fast as the original COVID-19 virus.  According to Dr. Hellerstedt, even those who have already had COVID still need to be vaccinated to protect against the Delta variant.  Fully vaccinated people have greater protection against contacting and spreading COVID-19 and the variants.

 

Vaccines are available at many locations such as Brookshire Pharmacy, P&S Rexall, CVS, HEB Pharmacy, Super-One Pharmacy, and Wal-Mart.  If you need additional information, call the Health Department at 903-874-6731.

 

We are so close.

Let’s end the pandemic.

Let’s end the illness.

Let’s end the loss of life.

Jul 26

Railroad Crossings

Posted on July 26, 2021 at 4:24 PM by John Shelton

There has been a lot of discussion recently about what can be done when a train is blocking the road for an extended period of time.  Below is an excerpt from the Texas Department of Transportation’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page regarding rail.

 

How long can a train block a railroad crossing?

 

States lack authority to enforce time limits on how long a railroad company can block a crossing.  In 2001, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that federal laws preempt state anti-blocking statutes.  Section 471.007 was removed from the Texas Transportation Code per the Texas attorney general’s opinion in June 2005.

 

Who can impose a law regulating how long a train is allowed to block a railroad crossing?

 

The only legitimate authority to regulate blocked crossings is the federal government.  Multiple times in the past the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has been requested to begin the rulemaking process to determine effective measures to regulate blocked crossings.  Federal Railroad Safety Authorization Act of 1994 (FRSA), 49 U.S.C. § 20101 et seq. (2000), is the main source of the railroad industry’s contention that state and local laws are not enforceable.

 

If a train is blocking a crossing, what should I do?

 

First, be patient.  Railroads and railroaders do not intentionally block crossings; unavoidable circumstances and rules to protect public safety sometimes necessitate that trains block intersections.

 

Common reasons for a blocked crossing are waiting on the arrival of another train to pass or waiting to enter a rail yard.   Occasionally, there are minor mechanical problems with locomotives or cars.  By federal law, railroad employees cannot work more than 12 hours per day, so there are instances when a crew has met those limits and are waiting for another crew to relieve them.

 

What information should I collect if a train blocks a crossing for an extended period of time?

 

First, write down the time, date and how long the crossing was blocked.  Note the county, city, street or route that you were traveling on.  If possible, write down the numbers on the side of some of the rail cars.  Even better, record the number on the lead locomotive, which is usually in a format similar to “HLCX 1234”.  Most helpful is the DOT Number posted at the railroad crossing that is blocked.  For additional information regarding railroad issues go to www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/division/rail/faq.html.

 

In addition, a recent change in the maximum length of a train has caused more crossings to be blocked in town.  The City is working with the two railroads to develop a workable solution.

Jul 15

Union Pacific Steam Engine "Big Boy No. 4014"

Posted on July 15, 2021 at 4:35 PM by John Shelton

One of Union Pacific’s original steam engines, known as Big Boy No. 4014, will begin a cross- country journey next month.   The engine will make a stop in Corsicana on August 15, 2021.

 

“Weighing in at 1.2 million pounds, the Big Boy makes a big impression in communities it visits, reminding us of bygone days and the important role the railroad continues to play in our global economy,” said Scott Moore, Senior Vice-president – Corporate Relations and Chief Administrative Officer.  “This summer, we are proud to announce that the Big Boy will be back to tour through ten of the states and hundreds of the communities which Union Pacific serves.”

 

According to the Union Pacific website, twenty-five Big Boy locomotives were built exclusively for Union Pacific.  There are seven Big Boys on public display in various cities around the country.  Of the eight still in existence, No. 4014 is the world’s only operating Big Boy.

 

The tour begins in Cheyenne, Wyoming on August 5, 2021, and runs through Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma before entering Texas.   The train is expected to arrive in Corsicana at the 700 block of South 12th Street on August 15, 2021, at 12:15 p.m. and depart at 12:30 p.m.  

 

If you plan to see the locomotive, please do so safely and remember to stand back at least 25 feet from all railroad tracks.