By Steve Capps
For the Star-Gazette
Beardstown’s city council approved their new police contract last week by unanimous vote. Last minute discussion with the council included some debate over whether it was possible to have at least two certified officers on each shift as required by the new contract.
“The numbers just won’t work,” said Mayor Steve Patterson.
“I disagree with you,” responded Officer Rodney Wilson, representing his fellow officers. “I think it can be done with the officers we have now and as soon as our last two part-timers get certified I know it will work.”
Chief Roy Hurst agreed with Wilson. “Yes it will be hard, but it can be done.” Hurst said he is in the process of developing a 12-hour shift system that will meet the requirements and make the department more efficient.
The council also passed an ordinance setting limits and guidelines for yard waste pickup by city employees. The new rules limits the size of brush city workers will haul away. Residents can no longer expect the city to dispose of entire trees. Lawn clippings and leaves must be bagged. Yard waste in barrels will no longer be accepted.
Two city owned properties were authorized for sale. Sealed bids for the old Casey’s building at 1302 Wall Street and the glove factory parking lot at the corner of Main and Monroe Streets will be advertised and accepted at city hall. Both properties have parties interested in their purchase. There is no minimum bid set, however the council has the right to reject any offer.
The council voted to make a $7,500 donation to VFW Post 1239 for construction of a war memorial. They accepted a two-year service agreement with Call One to supply local and long-distance telephone service. Hutchinson Engineering was selected to continue as engineering consultant for the Greater Beardstown Airport and Capps Media was hired to update and maintain the city’s website.
The final piece of business at the council meeting was to set Halloween trick or treat hours from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31. Downtown merchants trick or treating is set for 3-5 p.m. on that day.