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Belington to form police reserve unit

October 19, 2012
By Beth Christian Broschart - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

Belington Chief of Police Keith Rowan asked Belington City Council to provide some help for his department during Thursday's regular meeting.

Rowan requested that council members approve both the details of forming a police reserve unit, and a set of bylaws regarding the unit.

"I would rather have a good small unit to help us in time of need," Rowan said.

Council members approved the formation of a police reserve unit, which Rowan described as up to three people who will help out with flagging traffic and other duties when needed. Rowan said he would advertise for volunteers.

Rowan also asked council to make a donation of $50 to help purchase water and soda for the Shop With a Cop benefit basketball game.

The event is slated for 1 p.m. Sunday at the Belington Civic Center, and will feature Belington City employees and fire department volunteers. Shop With a Cop provides one-on-one Christmas shopping with a Belington Police Officer for some children in the community.

Members of council approved a donation of $100 for the event.

Also during Thursday's meeting, Barbour County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Super spoke about the school levy and bond, slated for the Nov. 6 general election. Super said the bond call is for bricks and mortar and will provide upgrades for the football field and provide a new field house.

"The field house needs replaced," Super said. "This will provide for a weight room, officials changing room, concession stand, restrooms and a locker room. The fields will allow for the soccer team, football team and the band to practice all at the same time."

Super said the levy will provide for the day-to-day operations of the schools.

"It will provide for maintenance, additional staffing and benefits," Super said. "Barbour County has never had a levy, and it will provide optical and dental insurance for teachers. This is a good tool to recruit and keep quality teachers in our county."

"Consider this (bond and levy) hard and realize it is truly for the kids."

Also Thursday, Belington resident Susie Wiant asked council to put up speed limit signs on Cedar Street, Curtis Lane and Johnson Avenue. Wiant said her grandchildren and other small children are in the neighborhood.

"I just want it safer for the kids," Wiant said.

Council voted to erect 10 mph signs where it is permissible.

The town's streets department reminded residents they are picking up leaves every Friday morning. The leaves must be bagged for collection.

In other matters, Belington City Council took the following action:

Voted to approve a building permit for Linda Rogers at the corner of Willow and Front St. to enclose a 12-foot by 12-foot deck. The cost of the work is $3,000.

Voted to approve a business license for Cross Cabinet and Furniture.

Voted to approve a travel policy for employees and city officials.

Voted to schedule door-to-door trick or treating for 6 -7 p.m. Oct. 31.

The next Belington City Council is 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at Belington City Hall.

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