The Columbus Police Department is sponsoring a safety program for children at the local schools. Police Chief Chuck Sharp told the City Council on Monday the CPD took donations from local businesses to sponsor children in the fourth, fifth, and sixth grades. All but about 15 children were paid for so the CPD went ahead and paid for the last 15 children.
Superintendent Jim Burton reported a tree giveaway is being sponsored by Empire District Electric Company. The giveaway is scheduled at 2 p.m. on April 29 at the city park.
Problems arose with the new police car that was received by the CPD two weeks ago. Sharp said they were having a problem locating the wiring harness for the siren and wig wag lights in the new car. The department took the car back to Mike Carpino Ford to try to locate the problem. The mechanics called the engineers at the Ford Motor Company to help with the problem. The engineers discovered the car was missing the wiring harness for the sirens and Ford said CPD would have to buy the wiring harness.
“I don’t feel like I can authorize buying this harness, I don’t have any idea what it’s going to cost,” said Sharp “but it was supposed to have been included in the package, so I guess I want to ask the council what they want us to do about it.”
“We can’t operate the car on the street without the siren,” said Sharp.
The issue was turned over to City Attorney Robert Meyers who will contact Ford to try to resolve the problem.
In other business, the council:
• Approved the purchase of a TASC VIII Rectifier from Corrpro in the amount of $4,800. The rectifier will be used in the water tower at the City Park. The rectifier regulates the protective current to maintain proper levels of corrosion control in the water tower.
• Approved postponing a meeting for capital projects. Geographical Information System mapping, which maps sewer and water lines and valves, and purchase of new trucks will be discussed. The GIS mapping will include software as well as maps.
• Discussed clarifying the flier for the fund raiser basketball tournament to make it say for the Smokey fund. The flier was already fixed before the meeting. The tournament will be starting at 8 a.m. on April 23 at the Columbus Unified High School Gym.
• Approved not increasing the Township fees for the year 2012
• Approved accepting an upgrade proposal on the Community Building floor maintenance to increase from $45 to $60 a week.
• Discussed contacting the Lions Club for anti-graffiti paint for the bath house. Larry Dunn of the Lion’s Club is currently collecting paint to repaint the walls. The estimated cost is approximately $1,500 to $1,800. The graffiti paint is expensive, but Dunn is exploring other ways to get the paint. Mayor Marie Nepple said they plan to repaint the bathrooms as soon as they can get down there with the weather and the manpower. Sharp also discussed the three cameras bought for the bathhouse and pavilion. Sharp said due to weather they haven’t been able to get into the park with a truck to put up the cameras where vandals cannot get to them.
• Clarified what type of sign will be put in the two parking spots which have been closed at the intersection of Kansas and Sycamore.
• Mayor Marie Nepple reappointed Kimberly Richards to the Columbus Housing Authority
• Steve Dunlap said there will be a national test of the tornado sirens on Thursday.