Tyronza hires new police officer

Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Tyronza City Council held their monthly meeting Monday night at the Senior Citizen's Center. Several items of new business, along with some old business, were discussed by the members.

Chris Long is the newest member of the Tyronza Police Department and has been in law enforcement since 1999. Tyronza Police Chief BJ Carter had high praise for Long. "He knows his job and will be a great asset to the city. He's through his probation period and is now on regular patrols," Carter said.

The council were also told that a new body camera will need to be purchased after one has come up missing. The cost of the camera is $450.

The city is also buying six new portable digital radios at a cost of $3,600 for the fire department. The money for this purchase will come out of the fire department's Act 833 fund.

Carter also informed the council that the police department needs three new tasers as the ones they have now are becoming obsolete. The council agreed to purchase the tasers at a cost of $4,100, and they will be paid out over five years at a cost of $792 per year.

In other new business, the council approved a resolution to adopt the mitigation plan that is used by Poinsett County for the use of Tyronza. A proclamation was also passed proclaiming Go Pink For The Cure Day with Glover urging everyone to wear pink to show awareness for breast cancer. Mayor Glover also said that the Street Aid Grant came in under the bid amount. "The man hole cover will need to raised up a little to make the streets a smoother finish. Asphalt should be going down in a couple weeks," Glover said.

In old business, the mayor told the council that the Verizon tower issue is still ongoing, and he thinks that a agreement to have the tower put on the water tower will be made soon. "We just had to get all the parties involved with the same information," Glover said. The council also discussed ways to get revenue for the city. Increasing the franchise tax was discussed, and the possibility of a sales tax increase was discussed.

Mayor Glover made the council aware of events that are upcoming for the city. On Oct. 3, the City Block Party will be held at the downtown park. The city is have a Boston butt sale to raise funds for the Stars and Stripes Festival, the City Wide Yard Sale will be Oct. 14, a chicken and dressing dinner to raise funds for the Stars and Stripes Festival will be held on Oct. 29, Main Street Trunk or Treat will be held on Oct. 31, and the Tyronza Christmas Parade set for Dec. 1.

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