By Evalin Hester
The City Council’s regular monthly meeting was called to order by Denise Maddox on Monday, June 10. The Invocation and Pledge were led by Mayor Riley Smith and Daisy Cole.
New Chief in Town
After interviewing five candidates, with much debate, Casey Whitehead scored highest. With a recommendation by Mayor Smith and Committee, Whitehead was appointed to the position of Chief of Police.
Mike Suchanek was recognized for his 25 years of service.
New Trash Collector Told
An ordinance was introduced regarding the current contract with the city’s trash collector, Allied Waste, which is soon to be expired. A better price has been negotiated with Waste Management. The new contract with Waste Management will include the pick up of bulky waste and white goods. Letters will be sent out to all customers for pick up days and new carts will be delivered.
Roy G. Williams, Interim Chief of Police, presented the statistics for the month of May. There were 243 complaints received, 180 violations written, 32 booked into city jail, $26,104 in Bonds and Fines collected. The total of Amnesty fines collected was $32,267.
The DeQuincy Fire Department had a busy month with 11 call outs for May.
Public Works had five sewer repairs, three gas repairs, terminated two gas services, did lots of mowing and patched several potholes and dug ditches.
Mayor Smith explained that the city crew will focus on one district at a time. The Mayor feels if they focus on maintaining one district at a time, we will see the effects of our maintenance.
The City Council unanimously voted to use the DeQuincy News as the official journal.
The meeting was adjourned. Meetings are held the second Monday of the month and are open to the public.