Police Chief John Duchock updated the council on his project of creating an area in the city’s civic center to outfit city employees and a number of citizens with basic necessities in a disaster situation.
“The need was there before but we didn’t have the resources,” Duchock explained. “We’re trying to be proactive here, instead of waiting and being reactive.”
Council members expressed concerns about other areas of preparedness within the city, should a major storm come through again. These concerns focused largely on the lack of a safe place for residents to go to ride out a storm.
Council member Hezekiah Walker said he would check into possibly using a structure on the Mining Museum property and report back to the council. The city had previously inquired about using the facility as a storm shelter but no agreement had been reached.
In other business:
•Dora’s Neighborhood Watch also addressed the council and asked permission to donate the funds to purchase a second taser for the city’s police department. The group raised the money through various fundraisers in town. The council agreed to accept the donation on behalf of the city. The new taser should arrive within the next few weeks.
•Edwards asked the council to approve the hiring of a temporary, part-time office assistant to help the city clerk, when one is hired. He cited the large quantities of business license renewals, preparing for the annual audit and sorting out the city’s finances as reasons for the position.
The motion to create the new position failed, with the dissenting council members saying they needed clarifications on the city’s financial reports and more information on the position.
Edwards has begun the process of searching for a new city clerk and hopes to find a candidate by the council’s regularly scheduled meeting on Feb. 21.
•Park Director Anthony Dill updated the council on Dora’s park basketball program, including asking the council for permission to buy the league’s trophies from the concession stand profits.
He also discussed the beginning of baseball at the park, the first registration was held last Saturday and will continue for the next few weekends. Preparations for the season will also begin soon, including bringing in new red rock and general cleaning of the fields.
The park’s concession stand has fallen into disrepair and, according to Dill, if something isn’t done soon, the concession stand and press box will be a total loss.
• The city’s fire department requested permission to bid on a rescue truck for the department. The council looked over specs on a truck that would cost the city approximately $39,900. They approved sending out bids on the truck and looking into purchasing the vehicle. The council will also use the bid time to look into financing options.
•After the meeting, Walker presented a written request to Edwards for an emergency council meeting to discuss the city’s finances, signed by himself and council member Donnie Burns. Edwards told the council he would not be able to attend due to a previous commitment. The council will have an emergency, called council meeting at City Hall today at 6:30 p.m.