New Haven Police Chief resigns from duties
by Nathan Jeffers
NEW HAVEN — At the most recent meeting of the Town of New Haven Council, a letter of resignation from Chief of Police D.L. Hardwick was presented to council members.
New Haven Mayor George Gibbs had asked whether Hardwick wanted the letter read in a public or private meeting and Hardwick replied with public. In the letter, it was reported that Hardwick is stepping down from the chief of daily operations and also the overseeing of the general laborers. A motion to approve the letter was made by Councilwoman Jessica Howard with a second from Councilwoman Amy Ferguson. Motion carried. A letter of resignation was also read from employee Sal Strader, which was entered into the minutes.
Also concerning the Police department, it was reported that Patrolman Cole Johnson entered the academy on Sept. 4, but was injured on Sept. 17, and could not return for the time being. It was stated that Johnson will be working in the office until released from the doctor, at which time he will return to the academy. It was added that Patrolman McCormick will be graduating from the academy on Sept. 28.
Regarding the street department, council discussed putting limestone on Sarah Jo and Mary Streets. Council decided to purchase limestone from Green Global instead of regular limestone to save money. Council also asked Recorder Roberta Hysell to contact E & R Excavating regarding this project.
Concerning the wastewater department, it was reported the final reading of the Sewer Ordinance was held during the meeting and approved with a first from Councilwoman Ferguson and a second from Councilwoman Howard. Motion carried.
In other council news, The Wahama Scholarship Committee issued a letter for the walk/run on Oct. 20. A motion to donate $100 to the committee was made by Councilwoman Sarah Gibbs with a second from Councilman Jim Elias. Motion carried. It was also announced that Trick or Treat for the Town of New Haven will be from 6-7 p.m. on Oct. 30. Council members were also asked if they would like to be in on the hiring of the office position and Councilmen Elias and Kenneth Vickers and Councilwoman Gibbs stated they would like to be involved.
Chief Hardwick also stated at the meeting he had asked Luke’s Lawn Care to mow the grass at 209 Fifth Street, and stated they had donated their time to do this. A motion was made by Councilwoman Gibbs to donate $50 to the lawn care service, with a second from Councilman Elias. Motion carried.
Citizen Dave Hall also spoke at the meeting and acknowledged the council for allowing work on 7th Street to begin. Hall was concerned regarding grass seed and straw that would be needed following the work. As a result, council asked for Recorder Hysell to contact E & R Excavating to handle this concern when the project is finished. Councilman Vickers also read a letter from FEMA at the meeting.
The following building permits were also presented to the council: Permit 694 to Randy Roush to re-shingle roof; Permit 695 to Rob Roush to demolish building and erect new one; Permit 697 to Shirley McDaniel to replace roof; Permit 698 to Jessy Huff to replace roof; Permit 700 to Samantha Hoffman to replace roof; Permit 701 to Vivian Young to repair sidewalk; Permit 702 to Lutheran Church to repair sidewalk; Permit 703 to Phil Serevicz to replace roof.
A motion to accept the permits was made by Councilman Elias, with a second from Councilwoman Howard. There was one abstention due to being on the zoning board. Motion carried.
The minutes from the previous meeting were read and approved with a first from Councilwoman Gibbs and a second from Councilwoman Howard. Accounts payable were also approved with a first from Councilman Elias and a second from Councilwoman Howard. The financial reported was also read and approved with a first from Councilwoman Howard and a second from Councilwoman Ferguson. All motions carried.
In addition to Mayor George Gibbs, council members present were Jessica Howard, Sarah Gibbs, Kenneth Vickers, Jim Elias, Amy Ferguson, and Recorder Roberta Hysell.
The Town of New Haven Council will meet again at 6 p.m. on Oct. 4, at the town hall.
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