Locust Grove City Council got down to business at their February meeting.
A motion was made to hire Timothy Ross as full-time dispatcher for the Locust Grove Police Department. The council approved.
Locust Grove Fire Department reported it is encouraging businesses to purchase Knox boxes. Knox boxes are small, wall-mounted safes that hold keys. In case of emergency, this allows the fire department to enter the building quickly without having to force entry.
Grand River Dam Authority is funding the master unit.
The city approved the consent agenda with no discussion. It included the approval of the previous minutes, treasurer's report, bills for payment and purchase orders.
The council approved storage units for the fire department, not to exceed $200. The department requested the unit to store files.
Jason Turner told the council he wants to close Main Street through to Broadway Blvd. from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. for Founder's Day activities. The council approved this request.
The agenda included a request to remove a tree for citizen Bud Armes.
Armes and his wife requested the tree be cut down by the city as they fear the tree will fall onto their house and property. The council made inquiry as to who owned the tree. They chose to take no action until the owner of the tree is identified.
Kevin Lau, Tracy Weaver and Jason Williams are all attending reserve school, representing the Locust Grove Police Department. The cost of the school is $200 per person to be paid from the police department budget.
The council elected to postpone making any decision on the Town of Locust Grove drug policy. The city attorney, Tammy Ward, will review the policy and the council will discuss it further at the next meeting.
Members of the council determined the proposed resolution to sign a contract with BCI Allegiance LLC., was too expensive. After deliberation, the council voted to approve the contract.
The council tabled the action to approve the purchase orders, due to lack of representation.
The council voted to approve making improvements to Gorda Park not exceed $500.
Maintenance on a drainage ditch that runs from Highway 82 to Peach Street, was approved.