Council to help fund officer
by Eric Snyder -- esnyder@cadizrecord.com
Dec 14, 2005 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cadiz City Council voted to accept Trigg County Schools Superintendent Tim McGinnis’ proposal during their regular meeting Tuesday, Nov. 6 to return a school resource officer (SRO) to the campus as soon as Jan. 10.

The Council also appeared to move closer to an agreement with Headley Bluff and the individual residents of Cherokee Hills and Apache Heights that are suing the City.

The proposal, which was still subject to approval later in the week by the Board of Education when the council made its decision, calls for the Trigg County Board of Education to finance 75 percent of a 260-days-per-year contract with a Cadiz Police Officer.

According to the proposal presented to the council, the Board of Education would pay about $32,346 dollars per year, leaving the City of Cadiz to provide for the remaining $10,782.

McGinnis made much the same presentation to the council as he did to the Finance Committee on Nov. 22, repeating his assertion that it would be naive to think Trigg County is somehow immune from violent on-campus incidents, seen most recently in the killing of an assistant principal in Tennessee.

Moreover, the Trigg County School System has been investigating an October incident where a car was shot four times on campus during school hours.

He also reminded the council, as he did the Finance Committee, that 20 percent of all Trigg County residents are on the school campus five days of the week, adding that the schools serve 99 percent of the county’s juveniles.

Acquiring an SRO, McGinnis noted, was also the No. 1 recommendation of the emergency-preparedness team that recently evaluated Cadiz.

The council posed a few questions for McGinnis, but did not deliberate for as long as the Finance Committee did before unanimously voting to support the proposal.

Jim Ricks, at the Finance Committee meeting in November, wondered if the county could be asked to contribute to the funding of the SRO, and Finance Committee Chair Donna McNichols expressed concern that city residents may feel they were shouldering a disproportionate amount of the fiscal responsibility for a school system that serves city and county students.

These issues, however, were not broached at the council meeting, with the council agreeing to finance on its own the remainder of what the Board of Education doesn’t.

“It wasn’t approached because [the schools] came to us about what we’d do,” said Mayor Lyn Bailey. “If they felt like they needed help from the county, they’d have gone to them … It’s not our job to approach the county.”

In other action, the council discussed in a closed session two separate proposed agreements from Headley Bluff attorney Logan Askew, one addressing Headley Bluff’s concerns, the other addressing those of individuals who have sued the city for back taxes.

Upon reentering open session, City Attorney Jamus Redd said the council is in agreement with the terms of the agreement between the City and the residents; however, some points in the proposed agreement with Headley Bluff are “still contentious.”

Redd said it was the council’s hope to call a special session before year’s end to approve both agreements.

In other action, Renaissance on Main Director Cindy Sholar reported to the council that December, like 2005 in general, was a good month for downtown merchants.

Sharon Butts, of the Economic Development Commission, announced that the Trigg Industrial Managers Association will meet quarterly next year. The first such meeting is scheduled for Feb. 16 at 7:00 a.m. at the Lakeland Jamboree.

In other action, Police Chief Hollis Alexander presented the police department’s monthly report for November.

Cadiz Police investigated 101 criminal cases in November, along with one domestic case and five juvenile cases.

Of the 107, 78 were closed, for a clearance rate of 72.8 percent. The report suggests that 14 more of the cases would be closed in December.

None of the five juvenile cases occurred at or on school property.

The council agreed to postpone its next meeting by one week, due to time constraints caused by the holidays. They will next meet on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 6:00 p.m.
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