2012-01-12 / Front Page

City Has Full Agenda for Wednesday Meeting

Chief Bowden to request three more reserve officers

The Lexington City Council will meet in regular session on Wednesday, January 11, at 6 p.m. and three items on their agenda pertain to the Police Department. One item has Police Chief Jerry Bowden requesting three more reserve officers. LPD currently has four full-time officers and three reserve officers.

Chief Bowden said, “I require 24 hours per month out of each one of my reserve officers. Having these additional officers would help the city, should we ever experience something as devastating as the wildfires of late last summer. I want to be sure that we have enough officers to handle such an emergency, or an evacuation, if we need it.”

Another item that Chief Bowden will address is police officers working side jobs. This practice was eliminated by the City Council last year.

Council member Tim Brown will bring up the third item on the agenda dealing with the police department, which deals with the reporting structure and accountability of the department.

In other action, the Council will address questions regarding city taxes for Hildebrandt Meat Market. They will hear and discuss views of Jeff Sullivan on Reveille Broadband’s internet and phone services to the city.

They will take action on approving the proposed budget and new board members for the Lexington EDC. LAI, Disposal Division, will speak to the council on garbage pickup.

Gary Richardson, new owner of the local Subway, will address the council about utility rates. According to Richardson, Lexington’s utility rates are 20% higher than his other stores in other cities, including Lockhart.

Keith Hansburger will address the council concerning the city’s future water needs.

The council is also expected to take action on their intention to issue combination tax and revenue certificates of obligation, in order to help fund TCEQ required improvements to the water and sewer systems and they may take action to raise water rates in the city to help pay for the improvements.

The City Council will convene into Executive Session to consult with the city’s attorney regarding contemplated litigation on the city’s wastewater project.

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