Town council approves police officer pay raises (updated)By Emily Beckett Published 10:19pm Monday, August 12, 2013
Police Chief Todd Ingram told the council SouthernLINC radios have been installed in all of the town’s police cars.
Ingram said he and his officers are already using the system and have found it to be more efficient than the previous radio dispatch system.
The council also approved to: paint one of the police cars, a Chevy Impala, for $2,750 to match the others in the town’s fleet; and to pay overtime to send a police escort (one officer) with Maplesville High School’s football team to all away games.
Several residents addressed the council and police department employees present at the meeting Monday with complaints.
One resident’s complaint was about an officer misplacing his driver’s license during a traffic stop, and others voiced concerns about their residence areas being targeted for potential law violations.
Town officials did not handle the complaints during the meeting since the residents speaking had not asked to be on Monday’s agenda as visitors, nor had they filed written complaint forms at town hall prior to the meeting.
The council then reviewed proper procedure for filing a complaint, which would be to fill out a complaint form at town hall to be read and handled by town officials.
In other business, the council:
•Voted to send a letter to the property owner of Lot 6 on Mobile Street regarding their violation of a town ordinance addressing weed control.
•Heard from a Mobile Street resident who is now in compliance with a town ordinance stating animals must be at least 300 feet away from the nearest residence.
•Approved for the fire department to have its ambulance truck’s brake system repaired for $979 as opposed to buying a brand-new truck.
•Approved for the mayor to sign off on all fundraiser roadblocks in town.
•Approved the town’s payment of $9,750 from the historical district’s account toward the Foshee house roof project.
•Approved the town’s payment of $2,203 out of its general fund to cover the first month’s insurance premium for four employees after the town switched to a new insurance policy.
•Approved to order name tags for council members to wear at public events.