Seligman Council hears police department's plan to cut expenses

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

On Sept. 12, the Seligman City Council reviewed the police department's plan to cut expenses to cover a loss in sales tax revenue.

Randy Kalbaugh, police chief, reported that the police department's sales tax revenues decreased $7,404.14 in August.

In an effort to reduce expenditures, the department will use only one patrol vehicle at a time. If two officers are on duty, they will share a vehicle. Kalbaugh said that the police department might be limited to responding to emergency calls only during some hours.

Costs will also be lowered by using city maintenance staff members for patrol car oil changes.

Kalbaugh also reported that Officer Alex Stimson has completed training and Officer Mike Smith will be done with training soon. Kalbaugh said officers are available to offer nearly 24 hour coverage.

Seligman officers are interested in starting a basketball team for 6- to 16-year-old youth. The team will travel to area communities for games.

Officer Terry Burgess is also working to construct a shooting range at Ruby's Event Center. The range will be used for competitions and officer training. It has not been decided if the range will be open to the public.

Fundraising for the L.B. Corn Shop With a Cop Program in Seligman is going well, said Kalbaugh. Every merchant he has contacted has volunteered to donate to the program.

Kalbaugh also reported that he plans to offer the identi-kid program during the fall festival on Oct. 7.

In other business, the Seligman City Council:

* Reviewed the maintenance report and set Oct. 21 and 22 as the dates for the city wide clean-up. Items will be accepted at the Seligman maintenance building.

* Approved Mayor Jason Raucstadt and one maintenance staff member's expenses to attend the Missouri Rural Water Association's fall operations and maintenance symposium at Lake of the Ozarks on Oct. 27 and 28. The cost will be $84 per night for lodging.

* Heard that the city-wide garage sale will be held on Oct. 1.

* Voted to construct a free standing drop box for the city library. Volunteers from the Seligman Fire Department will assist with the project.

* Reviewed the adult education program report.

* Approved the annexation of the Meadow Lane Subdivision.

* Voted to purchase 16 tables for the community center at a cost of $75.

* Tabled a discussion on a breathalyzer.

* Voted to purchase a new computer for court documents and accounting.

* Promoted Marty Robbins, city employee, to the position of maintenance supervisor. Robbins will be placed on a 60-day probation period.

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