Florence police chief gives 2006 dept. totals

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN MICHELLE AVIS
At the Jan. 15 Florence City Council meeting, Acting Police Chief Erik King announced that the Florence Police Department had worked on 126 cases, including 14 gasoline drive-offs in 2006.

Additionally, a total of 1,113 tickets and 354 warnings were written.

Councilor Bryan Harper pointed out that this number amounted to an average of only four traffic stops per day despite public perception that cars were “being pulled over one after another.”

The zoning review meeting between the council and the zoning committee was moved up to 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at the city building. No voting will take place at this meeting, nor will public input be sought.

Fire Chief Tim Parmley told the council the department would invest some of its Firefighter Relief Fund in an annuity to create a retirement fund.

After a minimum of 20 years of service, a volunteer could retire and receive an annual $200 per year of service. The money is currently being spent on a redundant life insurance policy.

Parmley reminded residents that burn permits must be renewed whenever a fire is to be restarted.

He also announced that the fire department’s annual fund-raiser pancake feed had been scheduled for 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Florentines Building on Main Street.

In other business, the council:

had the second reading of Ordinance 786 annexing the land on the city’s side of U.S. highways 50 and 77 reclaimed from highway and roundabout construction.

will be required to pass an ordinance prohibiting truck traffic on 8th Street in order to have the state place a “No Trucks” sign on the 8th Street exit of the roundabout.

approved paying $25 membership fees to the Chamber of Commerce after being assured that the Chamber would not take part in any political activism.

heard that the PRIDE committee had hosted a meeting of 21 local fire chiefs at the Harvey House.

heard that a new organization has been proposed to facilitate cooperation between community groups. CHAPS, an acronym for Chamber of Commerce, Historical Society and PRIDE Support, would consist of representatives from various local organizations and meet whenever multiple group participation would be beneficial, such as for the community Halloween party.

heard that a bid was in the works for building a new ladder for the sewer pond.

approved quarterly purchases of water test kits, regular purchases of chlorine and one spare chlorine cylinder.

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