Council Makes Decisions on Police Patrols, City Treasurer Position
City councilors made decisions on increased police presence at Blue Ridge Commons, and a special election for city treasurer.
Council approved a measure to accept $86,000 from Blue Ridge Commons for additional police presence in that area. The money will be used to pay officers for additional shifts and added policing. The police chief will be able to pull the officers from Blue Ridge Commons if they are needed in another area.
Council also voted to ask a judge to waive the requirement to hold a special election for city treasurer. Jennifer Brown stepped down after 19 years heading the treasurer's office. She said health concerns led to the decision to retire.
A special election is supposed to be called to fill the spot, but it will cost the city at least $30,000 to hold the election. Most speaking at the public hearing were in favor of not holding the special election but not everyone.
John Pfaltz, who supports a special election, said, "One party rule even when freely elected is not good... It's bad... I'm asking you to have the special election and ask for it. Otherwise what are we doing? Oh, keep our power... Keep the Democratic power."
City Council voted to ask the judge to waive the requirement for a special election. Brown's deputy Jason Vandever assumed the duties of treasurer on October 1, and will serve out her term which ends December 2013.