Leachville City Council discusses police, fire departments

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Leachville city council met Monday, June 10, and discussed new training programs for the Police and Fire Departments, along with the addition of two full service firemen.

Policemen are required to finish 40 hours of continued education each year. Police Officer Chuck Brown has completed necessary certification to serve as an instructor for three categories of training, which include Law Enforcement, Fire Arm and Active Shooter.

The council discussed the feasibility of holding continued education classes in Leachville and developing a secure shooting range.

Brown reported that an overhead projector and screen would be needed for use with the designated laptop computer now shared with the fire department. The purchase of live and simulated ammunition shells will also be necessary for class use.

"I think trained and equipped officers can be a direct deterrent to crime in our area," Brown said. "We are currently having difficulty purchasing live ammunition to replenish supplies for the department."

Concealed weapons classes may soon also be taught in Leachville.

Plans are to include a training allotment in the 2014 city budget.

Three city firemen are also qualified as trainers, which include Richie Pace, Mark Johnson and Teresa Johnson.

The council approved the purchase of a new projector and portable screen, with necessary equipment to make it function, at a cost not to exceed $700.

"I wouldn't want to be a part of a council that sends policemen out without proper ammunition and training," Councilman David Wallace said.

"We need to always keep our training up to date," Brown said.

The council approved Mitchell Lassiter and Billy Bowen as full service firemen, since they have completed their required probational period.

Police Chief Keith Evans reported $2,575 in fine monies and jail fees were collected for May.

"I appreciate all the people who helped with our recent festival and for the firemen who washed our streets afterwards," Mayor Sheila Spurlock said.

Spurlock gave an update on city improvements. A new sewer lift station was recently replaced on Schrabel Street. City Attorney Chris Jester is continuing to review the proposed ordinance to regulate manufactured homes in the city, along with plans for annexation. Plans are to host the Relay For Life on Friday, June 14, at the city park.

The council agreed to allocate $250 to the fire department for advertisement of the upcoming Fourth of July fireworks display, slated for 9:11 p.m. at the city park.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday, July 8, at city hall.

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