Dresden swears in elected officials

Dresden swears in elected officials
By MARY JEAN HALL
Special to the Press
Although Monday’s meeting of the Dresden Board of Mayor and Aldermen was short, several big announcements were made.
Jeff Washburn, Joyce Hurt and Richard Tidwell were sworn in as new aldermen. Tidwell is a returning alderman.
Police Chief Randal Walker announced that the Governor’s Highway Safety Office has chosen Officer Gary Eddings as the Speed Enforcement Officer of the Year. According to Walker, Eddings will be honored  and awarded with a plaque Monday at the GHSO annual Christmas Supper.
“He looks beyond the ticket,” Walker said. “”It’s not just about the speeding.”
The city-wide recycling will begin on Dec. 13, and recycling cans will be distributed this week. The collection information will be listed on the cans.
According to Public Works Director Kerry Cooper, all of the new cans for recycling are blue with green lids. Cooper also mentioned that Barker Brothers Waste will be putting all of the bins together.
The new rates include a 1-percent reduction for pick-up costs and $1 per month increase for the recycling bin.
City Recorder Jennifer Branscum said the city will place all of the detailed information for the recycling process on the website.
The board unanimously approved to purchase a leaf machine that was requested by Cooper.
The aldermen also approved a bid of $4,990 for concrete work. Tidwell inquired about not having used the company before.
InSight, which is based out of Jackson, was recommended to the city by the company that currently does the patchwork.
Chief Walker reported that Don Hopper was hired to build a computer that can handle video.
“We video everything,” Walker said.
Walker reported that around $2,800 should come from a reimbursement grant, which is about half of the initial cost.
Officer Sanders will be traveling to Washington, D.C. in January to protect the President Obama at the inauguration. Sanders will be accompanying the Military Police group out of Ripley. Published in The WCP 12.6.12

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