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Hawkins City Council

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Police buy patrol car, $17K;
Charity roadblocks restricted
By JOHN SPARKS

Meeting in regular session, Monday, January 19, the Hawkins City Council approved the purchase of patrol car by the Hawkins Police Department and tightened city ordinances on so-called charity "roadblock" solicitations. The council also declaerd "Dottie Barrett Week" to honor the retiring Helping Hand director.
Police Chief Ron Voda requested and received approval to purchase a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria for use as a patrol vehicle. The car has 32,000 miles. Cost of the reconditioned vehicle is under $17,000. Two older Crown Victorias, a '94 and a ‘96 previously used by the department are to be sold.
The council tightened city ordinances relating to the solicitation by charitable organizations in roadblocks. The main intersection of Highway-80 and FM-14 is often used for such purposes. A permit must be applied for at City Hall. The person applying for the permit must provide a driver's license or a photo ID. The organization requesting permission for a rodablock solicitation must have proof of current liability insurance of $1-million. And, the organization may conduct only one solicitation in a twelve-month period.
Dottie Barrett Service Recognized
The council approved a resolution declaring a "Dottie Barrett Week" in honor of the long-time director of Helping Hand. Helping Hand is a charitable outreach located in the City of Hawkins. The organization operates a thrift shop featuring clothes, household goods, toys, furniture and foodstuffs. Each year at Thanksgiving and Christmas the organization provides the fixings for complete family meals featuring turkey and/or ham for needy families. Helping Hands also distributes toys to the children in those families at Christmas.
In other action, the council heard a report on the ethnicity of persons involved in traffic stops by Chief Voda. The federal government requires such a report annually.
Council also approved a contract with Wood County for the operation of the library. The county raised its payment to the budget of the library from $5,000 to $7,000 this year.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Hawkins City Council is scheduled for Monday, February 16 at 6 p.m. A special meeting of the council can be called with 72 hours public notice.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 April 2009 17:27  

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