Council Considers Security At Town Hall

On the heels of a break-in where a town credit card was taken the town council began discussion on town policies for deposits to the bank and credit cards during a special Town Council meeting last Wednesday.
Town Council President Ardell Mitchell brought up the policy issues he would like to see discussed by council. No votes were taken on proposals.
“It’s not my intention for council to take action tonight on new policies,” Mitchell said.
The council president said he believes the town should discuss a written policy for dealing with deposits to the bank and a credit card policy for old cards and cards not assigned to employees. Mitchell said the council members should also be aware of the limits on town accounts and general office policies should be reviewed by council.
Mitchell said he also wants council to consider hiring an independent auditor for a claims review.
Purchase of a surveillance system for both Town Hall and the Police Department was also brought up.
He said the town must purchase a recording device for the interview room at the police station because of state law.
With that in mind, Mitchell said he would like council to consider purchasing a system for surveillance for the buildings as well. He said he would like to see the town purchase a system that is easily moved if Town Hall would move in the future. Council member Karen Mains also discussed ID cards for all town employees.
“I would like to consider every employee should have photo ID,” Mains said. Council will also consider purchase orders for items bought for the town.
In other business, the town council approved the employment of Chris Mains as a full-time laborer for the town.
Mains is the son of council member Karen Mains. She abstained from voting for his hiring and his benefit package.
The hiring of Chris Mains comes after the retirement of town employee Danny Derringer.
“Of the applications received and interviewed, I am very comfortable this hire is a good one,” Mitchell said.
He said Chris Mains has worked for the community before and lives in the community.
Council member Bill Nagle added that Chris Mains is an excellent candidate.
The hiring of Mains was approved, 2-0.