The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

March 9, 2013

Palestine city council to consider changes in police staff

By MARY RAINWATER
Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — The Palestine City Council will consider changes to the composition of the police department when they meeting for a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday in City Council Chambers at Palestine City Hall, located at 504 N. Queen St.

According to information in the meeting agenda, police chief Robert Herbert proposes changing the composition of the department to one chief of police, two lieutenants, five sergeants, five corporals and 25 patrol sergeants.

The request also includes the temporary removal of one of the vacant patrol sergeants, to remove the assistant chief position and to add another lieutenant position and a patrol officer position.

“The temporary removal of the sergeant’s position is to access each corporal,” Herbert said in his report for the council. “This process will take up to one year.

“Emphasis will be placed on each corporal to take leadership training and other training to enhance their ability to become more efficient in the supervisory role.”

During fiscal year 2012, the reported stated, Council was asked to change the composition for an assistant chief/captain position.

“I am of the belief the department can operate with another lieutenant rather than an assistant chief and still be able to function efficiently,” Herbert stated. “Once a sergeant is recommended and hired, we will come back to Council with an ordinance revision to revert back to six sergeants and 24 patrol officers.”

Other items on Monday’s agenda include:

• A work session at 4:30 p.m., where council will discuss wrecker and towing regulations.

• Conflict of interest disclosures.

• A public hearing regarding adopting rules of the City of Palestine for on-site sewage facilities.

• The City Manager’s Report, which includes dates for council staff budget meeting and departmental reports.

• Consider the appointment of Dennis Knox to the Zoning Board of Adjustments.

• The Consent Agenda, which includes consideration of an ordinance canceling the May 11 elections for District 2 and 4 and declaring the unopposed candidates — Vernon Denmon Jr. and James Yelverton, respectively —  elected to office; minutes of the work session and regular meeting of Feb. 25.; and consideration of an Ordinance amending the City’s Fee Schedule to include Septage Hauling Fees.

• Consider a Resolution authorizing a HOME Grant Application submittal to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs for a Homeowner Rehabilitation Assistance (HRA) Grant.

• Consider an Ordinance approving a Budget Amendment for Fiscal Year 2012-13.

• Consider an Ordinance providing for the issuance of City of Palestine, Texas, Combination Tax and Revenue Certificates of Obligation, Series 2013, in the aggregate principal amount of $2.6 million; levying a tax in payment; prescribing the form of said certificates; approving a Paying Agent/Registrar Agreement and Purchase Agreement; and enacting other provisions relating thereto; and becoming effective after passage.

• Meet in Closed Session to discuss Project Pico (Sanderson Farms), Project Swiss and the purchase and sale of real estate. Any necessary action on the items will be made in Regular Session.

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Mary Rainwater may be reached via e-mail at mrainwater@palestineherald.com