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GLENWOOD CITY — The City Council approved adding a third full time police officer to the City’s Police Department.
The question at hand was the ability of the department to retain part time officers on the department. Police Chief Robert Darwin explained to the Council that his department trains an officer for part time service only to have them leave the department because they do not get enough work time and they find a full time position with another department.
Darwin told the council that on Monday one of the part time officers resigned and that leaves only one part timer on the staff.
The council spent considerable time discussing the matter and Council member Steve Lee questioned saying that, “I feel that the city can not afford a third full time officer.” Austin Sandow echoed Lee’s remarks saying, “I can see the benefit of it, but I don’t think we are at that spot yet.”
After the council wrestled with the cost of the full time position and what it cost to train and outfit a part time officer they approved the third full time officer. Voting in favor of the third officer were Ken Peterson, Ben DeGross, Bill Koosmann, Rob Unruh, and Sandow with Lee voting against the motion. The council also approved the starting wage of $24.00 an hour.
Council president Rob Unruh chaired the Monday night meeting in the absence of Mayor John Larson.
In other action the council heard from the Ambulance co-director Julie Lee about the donations that will be used to purchase the power load device for one of the ambulances. Last month she presented the council with the idea that with some $16,000 in donations and using about $10,000 from the equipment fund that they could buy the device. But, Monday night she informed the council that the service received two more donations in the amount of $12,000 and that they could purchase the device using just donations.
Fire Chief Greg Holden appeared before the council to explain some extra large expenditures that the department had this month which totaled some $13,000. Included were the annual testing of the air masks that firefighters use. $3,440.00 for 14 new helmets that were purchased as part of a grant. The department also received a 50/50 match grant from the DNR for the purchase of four new radios at a cost of $4,952.00 plus $442.00 for a new pager. They also spent about $1,200 on repairs to the department’s two pumpers, and spent $1,100.00 to replace an IPAD.
The council also approved raising the pay for election inspectors to $14.00 an hour for inspectors and $15.00 an hour for the chief inspector. At present they were paid $9.00 per hour. They also approved operator’s licenses to Christian M. Salsbury, Kenneth D. Salsbury, and Richard B. Salsbury.