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December 5, 2012

City approves budget, keeps police position


Madolyn Palmer, Fifth Ward council member, said “for the record’’ that she wanted the task force on police to look at restoring the second position.

After the meeting, Police Chief Dennis Nayor said the approved amendment was a “step in the right direction’’ and he looks forward to the task force work with hopes the department will be fully staffed.

Also during the meeting, the council approved offering a police officer job to Anthony Capristo. If further reviews are completed successfully, the council may be able to make an appointment in January, Kathy Wolverton, city personnel manager, said.

Officials announced that A.J. Tayor, a detective, would be retiring from the department at the end of the year.

City Manager Michael Long said finance staff and department heads pulled together in developing the budget to have a “great document.’’ He also thanked the mayor for leading a budget process that focused on critical areas.

The mayor presented the budget this year, but Long, who joined the city Oct. 1, will as city manager be responsible for presenting the plan next year.

In other business Tuesday night at City Hall, the council approved a redistricting plan for city wards, an ordinance amending rules of conduct for peddling and ordinances regarding expenses for public improvements and for property tax penalties. The mayor set public hearings for the measures for 7 p.m. Dec. 18.

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