CADIZ Police Chief Ryan McCann discussed the need for a new full-time patrolman at the village council meeting Thursday evening. McCann said the police department is currently using reserves to fill in for seven shifts a week.
"We've been struggling, relying on part-time employees with other jobs," McCann said. The council approved a motion to allow McCann to begin the process of searching for someone to fill the full-time position. The council also approved a motion to purchase a police cruiser. They discussed equipment such as a radio that will need to be purchased for the vehicle, and agreed that all current police cruisers will remain in the department.
Council member Paul Coffland brought up the subject of buildings that were formerly owned by ODOT but now belong to the village. Coffland suggested investigating the contents of the buildings to see if anything could be used by various departments, and also how the buildings themselves could be used or salvaged. The council voted to allow Coffland to look into the matter and report his findings at the next meeting. Coffland also gave a report on cemetery developments and said Jim Dowdle has been hired as sexton.
He mentioned appreciation for voters who supported the cemetery maintenance renewal levies.
The Park Board met Oct. 29 and arranged a rules committee to updates rules within Sally Buffalo Park, which will be sent out along with contracts.
Rich Milleson gave a community improvement update and said that he met with the owners of Boss Bison Ranch on Unionvale Road. They have opened a butchers's shop where they will sell fresh meats, and are currently waiting on a permit to sell prepared food.
For the first time in four years, a capital budget will be available to the village. Milleson encouraged the council to meet with the Harrison County commissioners to discuss money that could be available for infrastructure improvements.
"It's important that a village, and a county, get behind one project that is good for the entire area," Milleson said.
The council held an executive session, with no action taken. The next regular meeting will be Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.
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