Obion to reopen application process for opening on police department

Obion to reopen application process for opening on police department

Posted: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 11:04 pm
By: Kevin Bowden, Staff Reporter

By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Obion will have to make do with a three-member police department for a little while longer.
At Monday night’s half-hour Obion City Council meeting, councilmen were unable to come up with enough votes to hire either of two finalists for a vacancy in the police department.
The city normally has a four-member police department, but for the past few months has operated with Police Chief Royce Aker and two patrolmen.
The city’s police committee met last week and interviewed two finalists for the vacancy in the department — Jacob Fulbright and Kyle Kirk — and Monday night alderman Polk Glover recommended Fulbright.
As one of the council’s representatives on the police committee, Glover explained the committee was divided on the two candidates. Glover said the four-member committee split its votes between the two candidates.
Without enough support to hire either of the two finalists for the police department vacancy, the council decided to reopen the application process and will advertise for applicants in The Messenger, as well as in the Dyersburg and Jackson newspapers and the Tennessee Municipal League newsletter. Applications will be accepted until Feb. 1, after which the police committee will again interview the applicants and make a recommendation to the city council.
In addition to Glover, other members of the police committee include Jimmy Gatlin, Tony Bullion and Renee Webber. Jason Moore will be asked to serve as the fifth member of the committee.
Also during Monday night’s meeting, the council approved spending just over $6,000 to purchase two sewer grinders and to have a leaking water line repaired on the northeast side of town.
A $2,400 bid from Natural Gas Piping Co. Inc. of Dyersburg was approved by the council to repair the Black Lane water line, with the help of the city’s public works department. There was considerable discussion of the water leak, which has been a problem for the city for a number of weeks. The city will also look into installing at least one valve on the water line when it’s repaired.
The mayor estimated the city is losing as much as 50,000 gallons of water a day due to the leaking water line.
The two grinders to be purchased by the city will be installed along 8th Street, with a small $550 sewer grinder to be installed near the Kenny Hood residence and a larger $3,084 sewer grinder to be installed near the Linda Young residence.
The purchase of the two grinders and the bid to repair the water line were both approved by a 7-0 vote.
In other action, the council:
• Approved advertising for bids for new firefighting equipment, which will be purchased using a recently approved $89,000 Homeland Security Grant, according to interim Fire Chief Jamie Evans. The federal grant will be used to purchase a variety of firefighting equipment, including new airpacks, an air compressor, firefighting foam and a thermal imaging camera for the Obion Volunteer Fire Department.
Bids for the new equipment are expected to be considered at the council’s first meeting in February.
• Took under advisement a complaint from a city resident, who complained about a city-owned culvert that was moved from a lot on Sunset Drive.
• Discussed, but took no action on, the council’s recently approved personnel evaluation policy. The policy covers all city employees, department heads, managers and the mayor, with their evaluations to be conducted this month, according to the policy. The mayor questioned the legality of the policy and even brought up whether the state’s Sunshine Law had been violated in coming up with the policy.
• Changed the council’s next meeting date from Jan. 17 to Jan. 18 due to the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Published in The Messenger 1.4.10

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