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Hammack promoted to lieutenant

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Hammack promoted to lieutenant

Hammack promoted to lieutenant

By ERIC WHITTAKER

Feature Writer

 

TELL CITY – Tell City police chief Derrick Lawalin intends to promote Detective Bryce Hammack to the rank of lieutenant. That announcement came during the city’s board of public works and safety meeting March 4. The position will be at the same pay grade, but requires more administrative work. The opening has been available since Roger Smith was promoted to the assistant chief position in September.

Lawalin commented, having someone in the position will “allow (Hammack) to counterbalance some of the administrative functions with assistant chief Smith and I.” He believed the change in position did not require a board vote since the position change garnered no pay increase.

Lawalin also proposed the purchase of a new vehicle for the school resource officer, a 2019 Dodge Challenger he said would be “a highly visible vehicle and should be appealing to the kids that induces conversation and that breaks conversation barriers, particularly with high school kids.”

Some of the expenses for equipment can be eliminated, Lawalin explained, since it usually takes $11,000 to $12,000 to fully equip a police vehicle. “It will not require a lot of the radars and control cages, the computer stands and those kind of things,” Lawalin said. Police estimate eliminating a lot of the equipment will reduce the cost by half. “The school is willing to pay for the decals, including a logo for the school” on the car.

Lawalin generated a list of activities undertaken by police officers during February; they included 44 criminal offence incident responses, 153 traffic warnings and 59 traffic citations.

In other board news, during a three day trip to Washington D.C. last week, Adams traveled with the American Public Power Association to learn about utilities and met with government leaders. Leaders come from all over the nation to speak with senators and congressmen to help guide policy to keep utility prices low. Adams was representing health insurance portability and accountability act with the Tell City Electric Department, who are in turn members of the APPA.

Street commissioner Jeff Everly reported the trash department hauled 122.51 tons of trash for the month of February. The street department has been busy patching holes with a cold patch asphalt mix and rock. They have also cleaned the river trail twice in February.

Building Commissioner Bill Alvey submitted a list of building permits for February. Those are a permit for electrical work and a commercial permit. Alvey also reported building and zoning has received 13 complaints for junk and trash, and from the beginning of the year, they have received 29 complaints and 10 letters.

Cemetery sexton Alvie Stiff reported six traditional burials and one cremation. Two resident plot sales and two non-resident plot sales were undertaken in February.

An approved upcoming event will be a Waupaca Easter egg hunt to take place at the City Hall gazebo on Saturday, April 6, from noon to 4 p.m. More information will follow closer to the time of the event.