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New officers join Onalaska police dept.
Polk County Enterprise - March 2009
ONALASKA – After deliberating in executive session, Onalaska City Council voted to add two reserve offi cers — Faye Adams and Ray Brown — to the police department. Adams has 10-plus years and holds an advanced police offi cer license. Brown also has a background in law enforcement and is a certifi ed animal control offi cer as well. With the new appointments, OPD’s roster of reserve offi cers expands from two to four. The council also accepted the resignation of Offi cer Anthony Yaw effective March 10 and approved the appointment of Jessica Reese to fi ll the full-time position. Reese has been a reserve offi cer with OPD since January. Police Chief Ron Gilbert presented the appointments to the council with the recommendation they be approved. Then they were sworn in by Mayor Lew Vail. All of the appointments are effective immediately.
Council members discussed a resolution from the Alabama- Coushatta Tribe of Texas in support of their efforts to bring legalized gambling to the reservation. The resolution passed with a vote of 4 to 2 with Shirley Gilmore and Brandon Smith voting against. Council members discussed but took no action on a proposed ordinance requesting annexation of property in Tree Farm tracts. Mayor Lew Vail presented the Onalaska Volunteer Fire Department report in the absence of Fire Chief Roy Newport. OVFD responded to eight structure fi re calls and six grass fi res during February. Twenty-seven medical calls and two calls to assist other agencies. OVFD responded to 52 total calls during the month, logging in 28 man hours for the city and 133 man hours with the county. Mayor Vail also presented the building permit summary in Newport’s absence. Permit fees collected totaled $704.50 last month with two new homes adding $189,269 value to the tax rolls. Police Chief Ron Gilbert presented the February police report. OPD handled 98 calls and 742 other incident calls during the month. Gilbert reported three felony arrests and 26 misdemeanor arrests made. Also, 136 citations and 21 warnings were issued during the month. OPD responded to 13 assist calls with the fi re department, 28 with the county and three DPS assists.
Two additional assists were included in the report relating to a neighboring county or constable. Offi cers logged a total of 5,241 miles on patrol. A total of 117 warrants were issued during the month and 95 warrants cleared. The librarians report was presented by council member Patsy Goins. She reported patron visits as well as copy and fax revenues are up for the year, largely due to requests for federal income tax forms. Visits and revenues are down slightly from last month but still higher than the previous quarter. The library had a successful baby pageant in March with attendance above previous years. The Little Dribblers basketball tournament will be held March 23 through 28, youth baseball seasons are beginning, and a Promisekeepers Dance high school kids is set for March 14, the Easter parade will be April 4 and the OVFD barbecue is April 25. The City of Onalaska will hold a special meeting at 10 a.m. Friday, March 13 at City Hall to review a sign ordinance variance for Sweatshop and consider ending the burn ban. The next regular meeting will be April 14.