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TC officers to keep 12-hour shifts

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By Vince Luecke

TELL CITY - Tell City's police officers have adjusted well to 12-hour shifts implemented in late summer, the department's chief said last week in a request to make the change permanent.

"The guys like it and it's lived up to, even exceeded, all my expectations," Police Chief Greg Hendershot said at the Dec. 15 meeting of the Tell City Board of Public Works and Safety.

The board voted in August to switch from 8-hour to 12-hour shifts for the city's nine patrol officers. At the time, Hendershot said the move would increase the amount of time officers had off between workdays, including being off every other weekend.

Dispatchers working within the department already work 12-hour shifts, as do county sheriff's deputies.

The works board voted last week to make the 12-hour shifts permanent and to make the appropriate changes in the city's personnel handbook.  

The department's chief, assistant chief and lieutenant-detective continue to work eight-hour shifts.

New Dump Truck

The works board authorized  Street Commissioner Jeff Everly, pending his review of the dealership's quote, to purchase a new dump truck from Uebelhor & Sons Chevrolet in Jasper for $56,995.

The company provided the lower of two quotes opened last week. The new truck will replace one of the vehicles in the city's aging fleet of dump trucks.

Everly said he recently heard reports the new truck would only be used for plowing snow. While the truck will be used to clear streets during winter, it will see duty throughout the year hauling dirt, leaves and limbs.  

Curb Cuts

The works board approved a pair of requests to cut curbs, one from Gary Huffines' Shur-Way Pro Towing in the 1000 block of Main Street. Huffines said he will be constructing a new addition to the towing and automotive-services business and will need up to 40 feet of curb removed.

The board also granted Tim Miller's request for a curb cut in front of a garage near the corner of 12th and Humboldt streets.

Inside View

Also approved by the works board was Aqua Utility Services' $14,444.65 quote to video the inside of several sewer lines as part of the city's long-term plan to control its combined-sewer overflows. Video-recording the lines will show any obstructions, cracks or other problems.

"It helps to see things from the inside, sometimes," Sewage Department Superintendent Bruce Badger said.