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Chillicothe Times-Bulletin - Chillicothe, IL
  • Officer commended for DUI arrests

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  • One of the Chillicothe Police Department's members received a little recognition for doing his job at the Chillicothe City Council meeting Nov. 26.
    Mayor Troy Childers Sr. read a letter from the Illinois Department of Transportation recognizing K-9 handler Nick Bridges making the streets safer by making 25 driving under the influence arrests over his career with the department, beginning in 2008.
    "The Illinois Department of Transportation's Division of Traffic Safety wishes to commend you for your exemplary performance in the area of DUI enforcement. Your efforts in this critical area of concern to public safety serve as an example and inspiration to others in the law enforcement community," Law Enforcement Liaison Richard K. Allan wrote in part.
    The mayor also congratulated Bridges on the achievement.
    Chillicothe Police Chief Scott Mettille said there are various awards through IDOT that officers may be eligible for, and this was one of them.
    After the presentation, the council made short work of its agenda.
    Aldermen approved raises of 2.5 percent for the city supervisors, which begin Jan. 1.
    They include: Mettille, $63,000 to $64,575; Superintendent of Public Works Josh Cooper, $53,000 to $54,325; Office Manager Denise Passage, $56,565 to $57,979; Economic Development Director Rachael Parker, $48,000 to $49,200; and Chillicothe Fire Chief John Myers, $12,143 to $12,447.
    This year the supervisors, who are all full time except the fire chief, received the same percentage increase. Last year they received a 3 percent raise, but in the previous year, the raises were performance based. With issues addressed, Finance Committee Chairman Chris Boyer said, the council went back to flat percentage raises across the board.
    The council also approved the amended supervisor's wage and benefit policy, which is updated annually to reflect raises and changes to benefit. Most of the changes were merely updating, Boyer said, but one change was a uniform allowance increase, which increased both the office manager and economic development director's reimbursement from $350 to $550. All other supervisors are allowed $550, except the police chief, who has $700.
    Other changes including updating the policy to include things such as extra vacation days negotiated for the police chief when he was hired in January 2012.
    In other items, the council:
    • Heard Childers say he understood Advanced Medical Transport of Central Illinois, the city's current ambulance provider, delivered a baby recently.
    • Heard City Engineer Ken Coulter say the new city docks were to be delivered by barge the next day. It was expected for the work to be completed by the next week. A concrete slab also is expected to be finished this year.
    While residents can use the docks this year, it will be spring before there will be sidewalks leading to the area, which is near Front and Elm streets where the old Archer Daniels Midland grain elevator once stood.
    Page 2 of 2 - • Approved paying Illinois Municipal League Risk Management $119,469 for the 2013 renewal contributions for insurance.
    • Approved paying Michael L. Smith to appraise the city-owned property at 227 W. Cedar St., which is currently leased to Small Engine Specialty. Boyer said the appraisal is "for possible sale one of these days."
    • Approved Christmas bonuses for city employees, which are the same as previous years Boyer said, as follows: $225 for full-time employees, $175 for part-time employees, $100 for part-time officers and $50 for the caretaker/Moffitt drop off.

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