The City of Irvine has a new police officer. His name is Joeseph Lee and according to Chief James Crowe, he is a local boy.
“He lives right here in town. He worked for the Ravenna Police Department a few years ago,” Crowe explained.
Mayor Ernest Farmer said he will need to go to the police academy at the Department of Criminal Justice in Richmond within the next year. He also said the he is the brother-in-law of Officer Michael Gross.
“We have also hired a part time officer to work whenever we need him,” Farmer said. The new officer is Larry Wilson.
Fire Chief Tony Murphy didn’t attend the meeting because he was busy working on the new fire station. Farmer made his report to him saying the Insurance Service Organization evaluation is complete and that Murphy said it was very thorough.
“Tony said we have never had such a thorough evaluation before,” Farmer said. “We will know the results in about six months.”
This evaluation by the ISO could bring the city’s rating up which will help residents’ home owners insurance to go down.
Farmer also said all the inside walls have been framed in the new fire station.
“It is looking very good, “he said.
He also told the council they are welcome to go tour the building while Murphy is working on it.
In other business the council discussed some lawns within the city that aren’t being mowed. City workers have been mowing them and adding the cost to the home owners’ property tax bill.
City Attorney Rodney Davis told them it was all right to do that and it might be the only way they will ever get the cost back.
“Any property that is in foreclosure and is sold, the property tax bills are paid,” he said.
Davis also told the council that the people who are donating some property to the city to build a park want it to be a part of the deed that the park will revert back to the current owners if a park isn’t built.
“They want assurance that no business will be built there,” Davis said. “I am reluctant to add wording like that to the deed because it could mean that the city couldn’t even have a concession stand there if they want to.”
No action was taken by the council on Davis’ report.
City Clerk Robin Sewell told the council that she had called the state highway department about having the old Irvine bridge painted.
“They told me it would cost about $2 million and it will be at least six years before they will paint it,” she said.
Sewell also told the council that she is researching a certification process for the police officers prior to getting them tasers to carry.