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10/23/2013 11:06:00 AM
Henry council deals with golf carts, skate park, but not police chief

HENRY — Two and a half months after the resignation of William Calbow, the city of Henry still is without a police chief.

Waiting with other citizens outside of a closed session at the Henry City Council meeting Monday, Sgt. John Williamson, who has been handling many duties as acting chief, said he did “not put in for” the police chief position.

After the closed session, the city council adjourned. Alderman and police committee chairman Shawn Carr said after adjournment that the city will be interviewing candidates in the next week or so and have a recommendation for the council and mayor at the next council meeting.

Golf carts, skate park:
HENRY — Henry City Council this week approved creating a new line item in the city books so the golf cart registration fees would go into a fund for the police department to use.

When asked by the council, police Sgt. John Williamson said there are “in the neighborhood of” 60 carts being driven at various times in the city. The fee is $50 per registered cart.

* Also, the council approved three designs solicited and presented by Youth Advisory Committee representative Sarina Marliere, a Henry-Senachwine High School junior.

When one alderman asked if the designs and signs painted on ramps at the skateboard park would attract or inspire graffiti, Alderman Bob Hankins said he’d think the kids would police themselves somewhat. He said he believes they wouldn’t want their nice designs and drawings damaged.

Resulting from a competition, drawings chosen to be painted on the ramps are by Kaylah Weir, Gabby Handley and Kari Rasmussen, according to Marliere.

Alderman Jeff Bergfeld advised Marliere to call the skateboard ramp company for advice on what type of paint should be able to withstand skaters’ use.

Other business:
* The council authorized purchase of a Dodge Charger police car. Alderman Shawn Car said a 2007 squad car will have its police equipment removed and be sold.

* The council’s police committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. to see a demonstration of a squad car camera.

* The council approved a $150 donation to Henry Hometown Holiday Celebration and approved the celebration parade and carriage ride routes.
* The council also authorized the first 5K Dam Run at 8 a.m. Nov. 2 starting at the riverfront.

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