At the last meeting of 2013 on Tuesday, the Red Bank board of commissioners approved the purchase of two new Volkswagen Passats for the police department. These will replace two Dodges that will be taken out of service and sold as surplus. City Manager Randall Smith told the commissioners that the vehicles would be bought from money in the drug fund so there will be no debt to the city.
The commissioners also passed resolutions for the purchase and installation of painting and decaling the doors of the two Passats with police department logos. The work was awarded to The Print Tree on Dayton Boulevard.
Equipping a police vehicle also requires adding emergency equipment such as blue lights, sirens, cages, radar units, radios and antennas, which was also given approval by the commissioners.
The cost to the city of each turbo diesel car will be $25,443. To totally outfit a vehicle with the police equipment will be an additional $6,000 each, said Police Chief Tim Christol.
In other new business, a resolution was authorized to contract with Havron Contracting Corporation for the demolition of a house on Red Oak Drive that was condemned by the city. A tree which fell through the roof during a storm in 2011 has never been removed and no one has lived there since that time.
In response to a request from a Red Bank resident, the commissioners considered and approved changing the zoning ordinance to allow a real estate office to be operated from a residence. Mayor John Roberts commented that technology now allows more people to work from home. A business permit will be required, however, that will prevent among other things, the use of any signs, or for yards to be used as a parking lot.
Mr. Smith reported that he has had two meetings with city employees concerning changes to the city’s insurance plans. These changes will take place beginning in January 2014. He also said that the annual Christmas Parade had 50 participants this year and was well attended after being rescheduled because of rain.