BY ROSE SCHMITT
COVINGTON, Ind. —
Police Chief Larry Weber told city council members he will have seven new reserve officers ready by this summer.
The new reserve officers will include Ben Ford, John Jumps, Dustin Daniels, Noah Townsend, Tony Dimmitt and Jason Townsend.
Reserve officers have to pass a 40-hour pre-basic officer training class and pass a marksmanship test at the firing range.
“The reserve officers will be a big help during the summer months especially around the Fourth of July,” Weber said.
Council members also approved hiring Chuck Pippen as a full-rime officer in a 5-0 motion to replace Scott Baldwin, who retired last month. Weber said Pippen has been a part-time officer with Covington for more than five years and was full-time officer in Covington before that for several years. Pippen already has academy training, but will have to take a 120-hour refresher course to meet state requirements.
In other business, city council members:
Learned from fire chief Joe Whitaker that four people are training to be firefighters with the volunteer fire department. Whitaker added their training should be completed by May. They will then begin a six-month probationary period. The fire department will have a total of 22 volunteers after training has been completed.
Heard street superintendent Rick Smith say he still thinks the town should consider charging customers a fee when the workers fix a problem that is not the city’s responsibility, such as a backed-up sewer. Rennick said the city could charge a flat rate to its customers for any repairs to non-city problems. Mayor Brad Crain asked clerk/treasurer Debby Gurley to check with the Indiana State Board of Accounts and the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns to see what other municipalities do.
Heard Crain declare the week of Feb. 17-23 as Tri Kappa Week to commemorate its founding and recognize Tri Kappa as a strong philanthropic organization in Indiana. The Covington Alpha Gamma Chapter of Tri Kappa has 25 active members while the Associate Chapter has 25 members.
Heard from councilman Dale White that so far the Community Foundation has raised about $4,300 of its $10,000 goal for the city’s American flag fund. White added that the number of flags and brackets purchased will be determined by how much money they raise. White did promise “there will be flags up by Memorial Day.”