Sullivan looks for employees with public safety
Discussion turned to the need for police officers and firefighters during the Sullivan Board of Works meeting on Tuesday.
Sullivan Police Chief Michael Garrett explained that the department is down three officers and is currently taking applications for the openings. Currently, seven applications have been received for the positions.
Mayor Clint Lamb noted that his proposed budget includes a $1,000 salary increase for both police officers and firefighters.
“The goal is to get to $40,000 a year within the next few budget cycles,” Lamb said, adding that he hopes more people continue to apply for these positions.
Lamb also thanked Dave Story for his 22 years of service at the SCPD and congratulated him on his retirement.
Sullivan Fire Chief Rob Robertson explained that the department is hiring for two positions and has received five interested applicants for the openings.
A representative of the street and utility departments provided the monthly department reports, noting many projects that are currently underway throughout the city.
The projects, in part, included the following: cleared trash on 35 city lots; demolished two houses; removed 12 vehicles; mowed and weedeated; repaired sink holes; maintained wastewater treatment system; maintained flowers; cleared sidewalks; and several others.
Lamb expressed his thanks to the utility department employees.
“I'm very impressed with the sense of urgency from the utility department,” he said.
During board comments, Lamb also provided an update on the city's INDOT Community Crossing projects.
Community Crossings is a partnership between INDOT and Hoosier communities, both urban and rural, to invest in infrastructure projects that accelerate economic development, create jobs and strengthen local transportation networks.
The majority of work from this project will begin in the spring or early summer of 2020, but work on Section Street and one block of Thomas Street should be started before that, Lamb said.
According to Wabash Valley Asphalt, the pavement work on Section Street and Thomas Street will begin sometime between now and Halloween.
In other business:
• The board approved claims and sewer, billing and other adjustments.
• Garrett gave the department's monthly report, noting 401 calls.
• Robertson gave the department's monthly report, noting 72 calls.