EARLY — The City of Early and the Early school district will work together to address drainage issues stemming from the planned construction of a new elementary school along the edge of Sudderth Drive and Sunrise.

Council members agreed Tuesday night to enter an inter-local agreement with the school district. District officials have proposed a plan in which the district would bear the cost of an underground drainage system that would take water from the edge of the elementary school, along Sudderth to East River Oaks.

Then the city would spend about $40,000 to $50,000 to complete the drainage system to take water under East River Oaks.

The district plans to build the school as part of a bond project voters approved in 2006.

City Attorney Perry Sims said the school district is prohibited by law from bearing all of the cost of the drainage system.

In other business Tuesday, council members:

Approved a variance at 401 Grandview to place a carport closer than 25 feet to the property line on a corner lot. Approved changing the zoning of three plats in the city’s industrial park from M-1 Restricted Industrial to M-2 Industrial. Heard Mayor Bob Mangrum proclaim each Friday as “Red Shirt Day” in honor of the military. Amy Wellman, whose husband, Jimmy, is serving in Iraq with the National Guard, said people are encouraged to wear red shirts on Fridays to show their support of the military.

Wellman is the facility director at Redstone Park, and she attended the Early and Brownwood councils with Redstone activity director Theresa Ledsome and Redstone assistant director Stephanie Walsh. The three came up with the idea while designing T-shirts for Redstone’s Fall Festival.

Ledsome’s son, Colin, is joining the Marines in January. Walsh said her boyfriend serves in Iraq.

Heard City Administrator Ken Thomas say the city has received 10 applications for police chief. The city is searching for a chief to replace Junior Pinson, who retires Dec. 31.