Seligman employees receive state recognition from MSHP

Thursday, October 23, 2008

On Oct. 14, the Seligman City Council heard that two city employees have received special recognition from the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Court Clerk Kari Short and Officer Ron Martin were recognized for outstanding performance and findings upon completion of the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Uniform Crime Reporting Quality Assurance Review.

"There were 10 cities in the state that received 100 percent (on the review), and Seligman was at the top," said Short.

Each month, Martin and Short work together to complete Uniform Crime Reports, which track all crimes that are committed within Seligman. The reports are used to compile state crime statistic reports.

"We are required to turn in the reports by a certain time each month," said Short. "I try to make sure ours are done by the first of the month."

Short and Martin were recognized for their achievement in the Missouri State Highway Patrol's monthly newsletter.

The council also approved an expenditure increase for the police department's surveillance cameras project.

The department has installed a camera inside the city hall building and two cameras in patrol vehicles. The total cost for the project, which also included three digital video recorders, was $1,600.

The Seligman City Council approved a $600 expenditure for the project in November of 2007. The city also received $650 in donations from area businesses in January.

On Oct. 14, the aldermen also approved a $350 expenditure that will pay for the remainder of the expenses associated with the project.

The monthly police department report was approved at the meeting. The report documented 25 speeding and two driving with a suspended or revoked license violations.

The monthly report also documented the following law enforcement activities: 12 traffic warnings; three warrant arrests; five felony arrests; two misdemeanor arrests; and 18 service calls.

In other business, the Seligman City Council:

* Adopted an identity theft prevention program for city utility accounts.

* Heard that the Christmas parade will be held at 2 p.m. on Dec. 13.

* Pledged $160 per year to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Lab in Springfield.

* Heard that the drawing held during the fall festival raised $356 for the city's youth programs.

* Reviewed the code enforcement report.

* Heard that the library is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and GED classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday of each week.

* Thanked the Seligman Greater Area Chamber of Commerce and the Seligman Lions Club for painting the city community center.

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