By Daniel Brunty The Winston County Journal
The City of Louisville Board of Alderman held their regular meeting this past Tuesday, March 20 and filled some vacant positions in the Louisville Police Department’s staff during that time. LPD Police Chief L.M. Claiborne addressed the board with a proposal to fill the full-time police officer positions that have been vacant for the past five years. Claiborne informed the board that they had received 17 applications for positions. After interviews and a screening process, Claiborne stated they had three applications that he wanted the board to review. Claiborne provided each member with a packet containing the information on each of the three candidates for the position. Chief Claiborne then made a recommendation to hire Justin Moore to the full-time position. Moore serves in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, and has no prior police experience. “I think that with proper training and tutoring, he has the raw makings of a good police officer,” said Claiborne. He also concluded that the position was included in the budget, and that Moore would start with a police officer trainee pay rate. A motion was made to hire Moore, and was seconded. The motion was then approved by the board. Chief Claiborne then made another motion to hire Julian Willis as a patrol officer for the police department. Willis previously worked for the Philadelphia Police Department and has experience. Claiborne recommended the hire to have a full staff at the department. A motion was made to approve the hire and was seconded. The motion was then passed by the board. Claiborne also requested that both new officers begin immediately, as soon as the next pay period. The board also heard from D.A.R.E. officer Tonya McWhirter, who informed them of the D.A.R.E. program graduation to take place on Friday, March 30 at Louisville Elementary School at 9 a.m. McWhirter stated they had approximately 260 students graduate this year from the program. The speaker for this year’s graduation will be Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Director Marshall Fisher. She also stated that the program would be ending its old curriculum this year and begin new curriculum next year. She asked that as many of the alderman that could come out and support this event. She also provided the board with t-shirts in celebration of the graduation. In other news, the board: • Failed to pass a motion to nominate Mark Donald to the Airport Board; approved motion to nominate Mike Forster to the Airport Board. • Approved the application preparation contract for $5,000.00 fee with Sample, Hicks, and Associates for the FY 2012 CDBG project. • Approved to set a hearing on Apr. 17 for unclean property at 103 Beal Ave. • Approved to set a hearing on Apr. 17 for unclean property at 801 Winston St. • Approved to set a hearing on Apr. 17 for unclean property at 508 South Jones Avenue. • Approved to set a hearing on Apr. 17 for unclean property at 211 Mississippi Ave. • Approved to remove 404 Academy St. from unclean property list due to it being in compliance with guidelines. • Approved payment to MS Municipal Workers Compensation for the 2nd installment payment of $22,095.00. • Approved Landfill Trust Fund Contributions total of $9,500.00 pay from landfill funds. Approved closure: maintenance fee $500.00 plus contribution of $4,800.00 totaling $5,300. Approved post closure: maintenance fee $500.00 plus contribution of $3,700.00 totaling $4,200.00. • Failed to approve a raise for Assistant City Clerk Angela Kight. • Approved transfer of 2003 John Deere zero turn lawn mower from Recreation Dept. to Street Dept. Also approved motion to resend the order to advertise for lawn mower. • Approved for Mayor Will Hill to transfer his registration for the Washington trip to City Attorney C. Taylor Tucker. The City of Louisville Board of Alderman will discuss the topic of redistricting at their next scheduled meeting on April 3, 2012.