By FRANK PHILLIPS
City officials reported the following during Tuesday's meeting:
- Police Chief Mark Loudermilk attended the mayor's roundtable with Councilman Martin Beasley and other officials. Six applicants to become police officers passed the physical fitness test and will soon take the written test. Operation Pullover starts Friday and five officers will receive overtime pay while participating.
Police departments receive compensation from the state for the extra expense involved in the program. Extra police patrols are put on the streets to maintain safer driving conditions during holidays and peak driving times.
The police chief will attend a seminar on updated search and seizure rulings.
He is seeking funding to purchase stop sticks. The cost will be $4,000, about one-third of that amount has been raised.
- Fire Chief Tobey Archer returned from a house fire in time to file his report with the City Council. On Aug. 16 the department completed fitness tests required by OSHA.
He has also been speaking to groups, educating the public about fire safety.
- Plan Administrator Brandy Means has been talking to residents, explaining the city codes, especially 5-foot building setbacks from property lines, including overhangs.
- Mike Head gave the Public Works report. Large amounts of brush left for street crews to pick up is a growing concern, he said. These are dump truck-sized loads and include logs.
It takes city crews three days a week to pick up the brush and logs, he said.