California Police Chief Daniel Hurt honored two officers at January's City of California Board of Aldermen meeting.
Officers Phillip Adam and Ralph Parris were the recipients of Life Saving Awards as a result of their actions during a recent drug-related arrest, during which both individuals played a part in saving lives. Parris helped save two lives, stabilizing a fellow officer who was exhibiting side effects following exposure to drugs using Narcan spray, and also administered Narcan to a suspect who had overdosed and couldn't breathe. Adam played a part in helping to save the officer, communicating quickly and acting fast to get extra help to the scene.
"Both gentlemen acted fast in getting the needed help to be there and administering that Narcan, so I want to say thank you to both these officers," Hurt said.
In other business, the City Council discussed the potential of a no parking ordinance along Russellville Road, which stretches along Business 50 by the bus barn to the gravel road by the city park. Mayor Norris Gerhart said, as it's a narrower stretch of road and nearby construction has blocked some traffic recently causing more parking along the roadway, he'd been asked to approach the Council to consider such an ordinance.
Hurt advised an ordinance would likely be a good idea. The Council approved an ordinance be drafted to be read and considered at the February Board of Aldermen meeting.
The Council also approved an ordinance accepting and approving the plat for Hawthorn Subdivision, prepared by Central Missouri Professional Services, of Jefferson City. The tract of land in question is where Hawthorn Bank is located, with the subdivision located to the west of the bank. The Council's approval of the plat gives Hawthorn Bank the authority to split the existing property into two pieces, in the event Hawthorn Bank wants to sell the subdivided land at any point in the future.
The Council also accepted a $3,100 bid from Drinkard Construction for the demolished property at 309 S. East Street. As a provision to this acceptance, the Council granted Alderman Lanny Ash authority as Mayor Pro Tem to take care of selling the property.
The Council also approved an ordinance establishing updated administrative procedures relating to floodplain management within the city.
In city department business, the project at the aeration basin is proceeding well and should be close to complete by its original Jan. 15 deadline.
The CPD's Omnigo reporting software went live Jan. 1 — the Council voted to grant Gerhart authorization to sign the contract to use the system moving forward. Hurt also reported Officer Parris completed a Field Training Officer certification last month. Hurt made recommendations for his captain and sergeant selections, presenting Sgt. Kevin Feltrop as his pick for captain and Officer Parris to be promoted to sergeant. The Council approved Hurt's selections during closed session and both individuals accepted their promotions Tuesday.
The Parks and Recreation Department proposed a wage increase for any pool employees that weren't already being paid the state of Missouri's current $9.45 minimum wage, which was approved by the Council.
The City Council's next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 3.