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Onalaska council approves new reserve appointment

Polk County Enterprise

ONALASKA —One reserve officer for the Onalaska Police Department was introduced by Chief Ron Gilbert to Onalaska City Council members Tuesday evening. Officer Michael Mares is from Spring and an experienced school officer. Mares has also been a constable and has experience in a variety of law enforcement training. As a reserve officer, Mares is required to log 18 hours per month with OPD. After Council members approved the appointment of Mares and Mayor Vail administered the oath, council members welcomed Mares to the community. In a related agenda item, Council approved the resignation of four reserve officers with the Police Department. The four officers have obtained permanent employment elsewhere and left OPD in good standing. In public forum, Fire Chief Roy Newport reported on a State Hazard Material Commodity Survey to take place in Polk County. The study will begin March 22 and continue through March 28. In Onalaska, the intersection of Hwy. 190 and FM 356 will be the target of the survey. Volunteers will monitor truck traffic through the intersection 24 hours a day for the week. Volunteers have already begun to sign up for shifts and more volunteers are needed. Councilman Carl Cruse added the survey is straightforward and will identify what types of materials are traveling through Onalaska. Polk County along with five or six other counties in the state are requested to conduct the survey that may conclude with a grant with matching federal funds. Other Polk County surveys include railroad traffic and monitoring of pipelines. In departmental reports, Chief Ron Gilbert presented council with the February police report. OPD handled 145 calls and 1,114 other incident calls during the month. Gilbert reported 33 misdemeanor arrests were made; 123 citations issued and 45 warnings issued during the month. OPD responded to five calls with the fire department, 33 with the county and three DPS assists. Two additional assists related to neighboring county calls. Officers logged 8,127 miles on patrol during February. A total of 87 warrants were issued during the month and 90 warrants cleared. Roy Newport presented the building permit summary to council members that included $875 in permit fees during the month of February. Five additions or modifications were added in the city limits along with one new residence permit, two electrical or plumbing permits, one certificate of occupancy and one sign permit. The permits added $207,000 in value to the tax rolls. Newport reported current improvement values to date are 1.2 million. Newport presented council with the OVFD report for Feb. that included 43 response calls. Medical related calls made up the majority of responses at 34. OVFD also responded to two structure calls, one vehicle, one lake and three motor vehicle accidents and two mutual aid responses. The department logged 36 man-hours in the city limits and 45 man-hours in the county. To date, OVFD has logged 285 calls and 818 man hours through the department. Council member Patsy Goins presented the Library and Friends of the Library report to council members. She reported 13 new borrowers were added in Feb. with 797 patrons visiting the facility including 249 computer patrons. Goins also reported the additional IRS forms have arrived for the public. In the Friends of the Library report, 13 volunteer hours were logged for the month. Also reported is a Friends semi annual meeting scheduled April 12. Goins reported the Baby Beautiful Pageant scheduled this weekend is postponed due to a death in the family of one of the principal organizers combined with surgery of another organizer. A reschedule date has not been decided for the pageant. In public announcements, Mayor Vail reminded council members of the Onalaska Easter Parade and Easter egg hunt to follow on March 27. Agenda consent items included approval of previous minutes, approval of payment of vouchers and acceptance of financial reports. Onalaska council members will meet at 7 p.m. on April 12 at City Hall. City of Onalaska monthly meetings are held at 372 FM 356 S.


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