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Decision on special team equipment is delayed by officials

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Miner officers invited to join SERT Team

MINER -- Miner's Board of Aldermen will have to see a more precise breakdown on equipment costs before approving special team equipment for its police officers.

The purchase of two sets of SERT Team equipment for an estimated cost of $2,305.98 for each set was tabled during the regular monthly Miner Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday.

Ron Merideth explained the Sheriff's Emergency Response Team is a multi-jurisdictional special operations team made up of members of area sheriff's and police departments.

In addition to being fitted with special equipment, the two Miner Police officers serving on the team will be required to attend monthly eight-hour training sessions.

Mayor Mitch Thompson said the Board needs "a firmer figure" for the costs before approving the purchase.

"We have to account for what we're doing," Thompson said.

"I think it's a good program and it's needed," he added. "I think once we get that (firm price) we can approve it."

In other business Tuesday:

* Board members accepted the low bid of $3,319.80 for four shotguns from B&D Firearms in Miner for the police department.

The bid includes a credit of $400 for the trade in of the department's current shotguns.

In addition to two of the old shotguns being in poor condition, "we don't have any that match," said Police Chief Roger Moore.

With this purchase, training can be standardized for the department as "everybody shoots the same thing," he said.

The purchase will be made using the department's drug seizure money.

The board also approved the purchase of one additional user license and annual maintenance for the department's Crime Star software for $2,462.

Moore said the system was purchased in 2006 with three user licenses.

The additional user license will mean fewer instances in which one officer must wait on another officer to finish before using the system, according to Moore.

* The board approved the purchase of a mobile generator for powering waste water lift stations.

The purchase will enable the city to move waste water to the lagoon during power outages.

The cost for the trailer-mounted 50 kilowatt generator along with switches to hook it up to lift stations is $49,120, according to Brian Livingston, chief water operator.

As the switches will all be in place with this purchase, a second trailer-mounted generator can later be purchased for $35,500 Livingston said.

Kimberly Foster, board member, said she would like the city to eventually not have to rely on Sikeston to supply it with water during extended power outages as well.

"I feel that we should be self-sufficient," she said. "I feel we should take care of our own."

The estimated cost for a generator to run the water treatment plant is $150,000 to $175,000, according to city officials.

* The bid for a 7.5 ton heating and cooling unit for the courtroom and foyer for $8,925 from the sole bidder, O'Guin Heating, was approved.

* Board members approved re-zoning 7.19 acres of property owned by Morton Potashnick from industrial to commercial.

The property, which is currently undeveloped, is located on South Interstate Drive located on the east side of Interstate 55.