In the Oct. 13 McKenzie Council meeting new Police Chief Ryan White announced a couple of promotions within the department and told of some of the activities in which officers have been participating.
White said the promotions took place on Oct. 4.
Officer Trey Boucher, 52, was named as assistant police chief and Justin Brister, 29, was promoted to lieutenant and serves as an investigator for the department.
Boucher of McKenzie has been an officer at the McKenzie Police Department for 15 years where he has served as shift sargeant.
Brister is a graduate of UTM.
Mayor Jill Holland presented White, Boucher and Brister with framed congratulatory certificates noting their promotions.
White said during senior day at the movies at the Park Theatre officers greeted the people as a wat=y of getting to know the people,.
The Police Department will be adding five patrol cars without having to bother the department’s budget. Capital Outlay funds of $103,000 will be used. Four of the patrol cars will be new while one will be purchased from the Missouri Highway Patrol that only has 60,000 miles on it. The new ones will be bid out.
In other business:
• Passed the second and final reading on Ordinance No. 549 that amends the official zoning map on Cedar St. for tax parcel 002.00 from R-1 (Low Density Residential) to B-2 (highway Business) and the entirety of tax parcel 5.00 from B-2 (highway Business) to R-1 (Low Density Residential). MRH Holdings own parcel 2.00 and George Rogers owns parcel 5.00.
• Approved Resolution No. 22-004 to accept the $145,000 in TDEC ARPA funds and $50,000contribution to use these funds along with the city’s $1,272,400 in TDEC ARPA funds towards wastewater and water as outlined in the project budget and description.
Holland said that the resolution had to be passed in order to accept the funds.
• Awarded a bid for pickleball court lighting to Musco Lighting for $49,900. The lights will be LED with a 25 year guarantee.Twenty-four people can play pickleball at the same time on the future court.
• Agreed to purchase a used pickup for $5,700 for Code’s Department officer
• Heard reports from city personnel. The Police Department had 976 calls for service in September. The Fire Department had 22 incident calls during September. Water and Sewer director Billy Wood said he was preparing to go to work on the project that money has been allocated for and fixing leaks on Chrrry St.. Parks and Recreation director Billy Hollowell said soccer is in full swing and maintenance is going on in the park. Public Works director Johnny Mercer said his crew has been working on sidewalk repair and getting leaf truck ready to roll.
Workshop on limiting number of liquor stores
The second workshop on limiting the number of liquor stores that McKenzie can have, only had comments from council members.
Liquor store owners Barry Dillahunty and David Barksdale, were wanting the number limited.
Dillahunty was in the audience, but did not speak. He and Barksdale who appeared at the first workshop on the matter did express how it would cut their volume sales and the amount of revenue the city would receive in taxes from their sales.
City attorney Laura Keeton read excerpts from other city ordinances on how they handle liquor sales.
The comments expressed by council members indicated they did not want to change the ordinance to limit the number but leave as an open market.
Another party is interested in opening a liquor store and is currently remodeling a building for that purpose.
Mayor Jill Holland said at the close of the workshop there would be no more discussion on the matter unless it was requested that it be put on the agenda at a regular council meeting.