White approves replacement of wrecked police vehicle
by Jason Lowrey
Sep 13, 2012 | 1402 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
White police will soon receive a new 2013 Dodge Charger police vehicle, as approved by the White City Council during its meeting on Sept. 4.

The department needed a new vehicle to replace a 2009 Ford Crown Victoria damaged during the Mouldings Unlimited fire last month, City Manger Jane Richards said.

“Our car was hit that night of the fire, and it wasn’t totalled, but it was wrecked pretty good,” Richards said.

The new vehicle will cost $22,335, unequipped. Richards said the city would equip the car with electronics from another supplier and the cost was not yet available. However, the city will only spend approximately $12,000 out of its funds, as the city’s insurance policy paid roughly $10,000 on the wrecked Crown Victoria.

The council, which met at the city’s clubhouse for a 9/11 memorial, also approved a social media policy. While White has not had any problems with social media, Richards said, the city’s insurance company recommended implementing a policy.

Having a social media policy in place to govern employees’ use of Facebook and other social media reduces the city’s liability, Richards added.

Officer Blake Scheff, formerly the White Police Department’s night shift officer, was promoted to full-time. His promotion brings White police to a force of two full-time officers and one part time officer. Richards said there were no plans to hire a fourth officer to fill the vacant night shift.

After the meeting, council members attended a flag presentation ceremony held by the Woodmen of the World. The organization donated a flagpole and plaque to the city in honor of 9/11.

Other council business included:

• Approving a proclamation designating Oct. 23 to Oct. 31 as Red Ribbon Week.

The White City Council’s next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. at city hall.