Council approves Police Chief search committee
Linden City Council chose a chief of police search committee due to Chief Alton McWaters’ upcoming retirement.
“I have some people to recommend for this committee and it is Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe, Atlanta Chief of Police Jay Womack, who is a former Texas Ranger and I respect a lot, Justice of the Peace Barbara McMillan. I would also like Bob Swisher as a non-voting member just so he can be aware of what is going on and also Alderman Mike Berry from the city council,” said Linden Mayor Clarence Burns.
The city council approved the mayor’s selections for the search committee.
McWaters plans to retire at the end of January.
Alderman Kenny Hamilton asked about where the job listing would be posted and the mayor responded that it would be posted on the Texas Municipal League website.
In other business, Karen Whatley made a request to use the Mary Daughety Senior Citizens Center for weekly twirling classes.
“I teach twirling lessons and I know it doesn’t seem like a big thing to some of us, but I have been doing twirling lessons for about 30 years and this affects young girls’ lives and the families … and twirlers end up being leaders,” said Whatley.
“I have had a difficult time finding a place to teach twirling. I was teaching it outside and one of my girls fainted due to heat exhaustion and it was only a 45-minute lesson,” said Whatley. “I am asking you tonight to use this facility one time a week, every week from about 4:15 until 8 p.m. in the evening. We will take care of it and we will not throw the batons high. These are small girls and if we throw our batons up we will go outdoors.”
Burns asked Linden City Administrator Bob Swisher if he thought there would be any problems.
“I think it is a great idea and I am all for it. We have one card tournament that runs late but I will work with them to see what would be the best night,” said Swisher.
The city council approved the use of the building by Whatley for twirling lessons with a fee of $75 a month.
Council approved a resolution entering into a water and wastewater agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service in Linden for a combination grant/loan.
The estimated cost of upcoming work is $4,518,000, of which $2,854,000 is financed and $1,664,000 is a USDA grant.
This money is to replace aging water and sewer lines in Linden and the city has been trying to get this funding for several years.
This resolution is one of the final steps to completing the grant/loan application process.
Linden Main Street Manager Allie Anderson presented a budget for the Main Street program.
“Since January Main Street has been operating under the general fund for equipment purchases, materials, supplies and that type of thing, but to give us a better idea of where we are spending money -- so we know where to cut back and where we could spend more. Our board has broke it down into line items,” said Anderson.
Council approved the Linden Main Street budget of $50,000 for the next fiscal year.
Council approved a resolution to apply for a grant that will pay for rifle-proof body armor for the Linden Police Department.
The body armor cost around $800 per vest and the grant will pay for five vests.
The body armor is not the type officers wear on a daily basis but is for special circumstances.