Glenn returns to Tell City's police force

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By Vince Luecke

Drivers to see reduced wait times at Main Street stoplights

TELL CITY - Tell City's newest full-time police officer won't need much of an orientation when she begins work later this summer.

Heather Glenn was appointed by the Tell City Board of Public Works and Safety Monday to fill the vacancy created by the retirement early this year of Police Chief David Faulkenberg.

Glenn was hired by the city in 2001 but later accepted a job outside of law enforcement. However, she has remained a part-time officer and has maintained training requirements, Police Chief Greg Hendershot said Monday.

Assistant chief under Faulkenberg, Hendershot was promoted to chief and Patrolman John Allen was named assistant chief. The promotions left the city short one patrolman.

Glenn applied for a patrolman's position in 2006 when the city last accepted applications. Phillip Flamion was hired for that position but the works board agreed to offer future openings in the department to the remaining candidates.

Hendershot said Glenn is next on the list to be hired. "I have spoken to Heather and she told me that she is very interested.

Glenn is the daughter of Perry County Sheriff and retired Tell City police officer Bob Glenn.

Main Street Traffic Lights

Wait times at two Main Street stoplights may soon be a little less lengthy, saving motorists time and fuel.

The works board agreed Monday to allow the city's police and electric departments to adjust timers on lights at Main and Tell and Main and Mozart streets to speed up green-yellow-red cycles. Also, the two lights will revert to caution lights for Main Street travelers from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Drivers intersecting Main on Mozart and Tell streets will have to stop and yield to oncoming traffic.

"We don't have many lights but we have two," Mayor Barbara Ewing said of the two city-owned lights. Other lights on Indiana 37 and Indiana 66 are maintained by the Indiana Department of Transportation.

An Evansville technician will be called to adjust the timers, Electric Department Superintendent Marlow Smethhurst said.

Works board member John Little said he wanted lights to give pedestrians enough time to cross intersections.

"I don't want to hamper people trying to cross the street," Little said.

Electronic Vehicle Crash Reporting System

Money generated by the sale of electronic accident reports will be deposited into a city account under terms of a revenue-sharing agreement with Holt Sheets and Associates.

Police-department records coordinators currently send electronic copies of accident reports to the company but have not been receiving a share of revenue due to a lack of an agreement.

Insurance companies and members of the public access the system online and can purchase reports for $12, with the city receiving $8.

The city has been selling copies of reports for $5 each, a time-consuming process, Hendershot said. The new system will allow the public to access the reports quickly online, saving them from traveling to the department.

Kennel Relocation

Hendershot offered his thanks to people and businesses who helped with the relocation of a kennel when canine officer Derrick Lawalin relocated. Thanks goes to Mulzer Crushed Stone, Thriftway, Dixon Auctioneers, Shur-Way Pro Towing and Service Center, Keith Huck, Chris Hagedorn, Jimmy Toothman, Lawalin, Bryce Hammack, Jeff Brown, Jeff Bender and John Gebhard.

Street Commissioner Jeff Everly supplied a backhoe and operator and Rob Cail from the city's water department hauled gravel.

Part-Time Work

Works board members agreed to allow city police officers to work part-time for the Perry County Sheriff's Department.

Ewing said Sheriff Bob Glenn is interested in employing officers from time to time.

Under a policy enacted earlier this year, the works board has to review officers' off-duty jobs to ensure there are no conflicts of interest.

Safety Equipment

In other business, the works board, agreed to support Sewage Department Superintendent Bruce Badger's decision to cancel an order for safety nets to be installed in the city's life stations.

Badger said the company kept promising to deliver the nets but never followed through. Badger said a local machine shop can do the work.

"It's too much of a safety issue not to have them installed," Mayor Barbara Ewing said.