Catoosa council members approved the purchase of an enclosed trailer and a generator for the police department Monday night at the regular business meeting. The trailer will cost $3,980 and the Troy-Bilt, 8000 watt generator will cost $1,300, each to be paid out of the Police Training and Operations Account. A private donation will offset some of the cost of the generator.
“We continue to grow and our needs grow with us,” said Ward 6 council member Mike Appel.
Captain Paul Whitmire of Catoosa P.D. reported that the tandem-axle 6x12 ft enclosed trailer with rear ramp fold down and side-entry door would serve a variety of functions for the department. Shelves will be added in order to house materials needed for crime scene investigations and training operations. The trailer will also be used to haul lights and a generator for on-scene power. It could also be used to take the motorcycle in for repairs when needed. Because the enclosed trailer can be locked and kept outside, it will allow police to have items centrally located and ready to go when needed.
Whitmire reported that the generator was badly needed this past year when police responded to three scenes at Rogers Point at around 3 a.m. Police were forced to work on car hoods in an attempt to have lighting in those situations.
“The trailer will be used for multi-purposes,” said Police Chief Raymond Rodgers. He explained that training operations require the transport of electrical devices, cones, portable barriers, and ladders.
“When serving felony warrants it can be used to transport confiscated properties,” he said. “We need the generator for use in training as well as crime scene operations so that we can set up flood lamps.”
Tim Driskell and Sylvia Hyde with Joe West Company reported on the City’s General Liability, Property and Auto Insurance. Premiums are down a little from last year. The council approved the renewal of the insurance.
Bids to replace the roof on the Animal Control Building were considered and the lowest bid of $7,331 from Cimarron Roofing was accepted pending a check with the Better Business Bureau. None of the companies submitting bids had done business with the city previously. Two layers of old shingles will be taken off and new ones put on.
In other council business, an amendment to the zoning code was passed upon the recommendation of the City Planning Commission which had reviewed the code with an emphasis on outdoor advertising signs.
Approval was granted to close Cherokee Street from Antry Drive to 609 South Cherokee on Oct. 31 from 4 p. m. until midnight for Hometown Halloween. Two possible emergency clauses to ordinances were tabled because there were not enough council members present to legally approve an emergency clause. Two ward seats out of six are currently vacant, and Ward 4 council member Jerry Caywood was absent.