Trumann chief introduces new officers
At the Trumann City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 9, two new officers for the Trumann Police Department were introduced to the council by Chief Chad Henson. The chief described officer Nathan Threlkeld as a 26 year old from Paragould, Ark. He is originally from Wisconsin. Scott Thayer, 37, is the other new policeman who will be working for the city.
Threlkeld is a noncertified officer, which Henson will cause him to be referred to as a probationary officer rather than a police officer.
"Although he has the same powers as any other police offer does, as an uncertified officer, for the next few weeks or months we have to send him to school at Pocahontas to get certified," said Henson.
Threlkeld came highly recommended to Henson. He spent his orientation week meeting local business owners and doing various odd jobs around the department. One of those jobs included gathering televisions in the department that were not being used, and he donated them to a few families.
According to Henson, Thayer graduated at the academy in Pocahontas where he is originally from. During his orientation week, he also went around and met with local business owners and families to become familiar with the community.
In other business, the council approved a motion to condemn a house located at 604 Maple Street. The house was deemed unsafe and unsanitary for the owner, Phillip Kustoff, who was represented by his attorney, Steve Inboden.
"He has no objection to the condemnation; however, I do ask that he is given the maximum 90 days to make a transition into some alternative housing," said Inboden.
Several other issues concerning the physical appearance of the city was presented before the council beginning with Mayor Sheila Walters addressing that this week was city cleanup.
"Anything that needs to be disposed can be put in a pile in front of your house, and we'll get it," said Walters.
Alderman Rick Atkins brought up the issue of the Trumann Sports Complex needing a few small repairs including fixing holes in the overhead net, bathrooms, and cleaning the concession building. The mayor said she would see to getting something done about the problems.
In other business, the council:
*approved a motion to allow the youth of the First Assembly of God to host a fundraiser at the red light near Wal-Mart from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 20.
*approved a motion to sell surplus police inventory including a 2005 Chevy Impala, 1997 Pontiac Firebird, and a 2004 Ford Crown Victoria.
*heard from Chief Henson about research done on the traffic route at the high school by the Department of Transportation Study. According to Henson, many have complained about the route; however, it is necessary until something more efficient is presented.