Lepanto to retire K-9
Continuing discussion from the last few months, the Lepanto City Council voted to retire the city's K-9 officer Cardi during their monthly meeting Tuesday.
The dog's current handler had been Kevin Tucker, who lives out of town. Last meeting, the mayor pointed out that Tucker's work with his lawn service takes the dog out of service during the summer. Additionally, Mayor Dale Dunlap said he did not feel the expense of keeping the dog was justified for a small town.
Police Chief Chad Henderson, who was Cardi's handler for two years after the previous handler left, offered to keep the dog as a pet if the city retired it. He said he could not commit to working the dog every day, but Cardi could still be used for live body recovery. "I just hate to lose the dog. If we have a kid who's lost, that dog's tracked lots of people," Henderson said.
The council voted to get the dog and police car back from Tucker, retire the dog, and let Henderson keep it.
Mayor Dunlap gave a brief update on the park on the south side of town. He said the city worked on cleaning it up. "They got it looking like it should. Hopefully, we'll keep it that way," Dunlap said. He said they are currently checking into getting lights for the bathroom.
Mayor Dunlap also informed the council that Charles Mahan will be the city's code enforcement officer, and there is a new animal control officer.
The council approved the 2014 Legislative Audit Report and approved giving raises to two city workers, Billy Robertson and Michael Pate. According to Dunlap, these two have taken on a lot more responsibilities after two other employees retired.