Police Chief Robert Jones told council that all three new patrol cars were in service alongside some older cruisers.
“We responded to 1,155 calls last month, 19 of them auto accidents,” Jones said. “Officers distributed 110 warnings and 76 citations, which is exactly the ratio we hope to maintain.”
Jones also reported that robberies had declined 33 percent since June 2012 and there was a 100 percent decrease in sex crimes.
Next Public Works Community Development director Jaime Cochran reported that the last of the debris — 114 tons from the Jan. 30 tornado — had been removed.
“The next time you see debris in the road,” he said. “It won’t be from the tornado.”
City Manager Pat Crook said the Collins Mountain water tank construction had been delayed by the recent heavy rains, but she still expected everything to be finished by the July 31 deadline.
She also said that the June financial report showed every department operating under budget.
Council also discussed:
• a rezoning request from R-2 (residential) to C-1 (commercial) at 248 St. Elmo Circle.
• a first reading of an ordinance amendment restricting parking on the public square by tenants of downtown apartments.
• negotiating city hall renovation plans with architects and contractors.
• a proposal to use San Souci Club to provide staffing at the depot.
• the appointment of Michael Lowman to the Downtown Development Authority.
Before the session adjourned, Lurlene Lowe, arose to speak, again.
“I came here last month to complain about all the abandoned and overgrown houses on Howard Street that were bringing property values down,” she told Mayor Evan King. “They need to be torn down and the lots cleaned up, but there ain’t been a dang thing done about it.”
King assured Lowe that her problem would be fixed.
When? she asked.
“You, Mr. Cochran and I are going out there right now,” he said.