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Chase City welcomes new police officer
SoVaNow.com / August 13, 2014Chase City Mayor Eddie Bratton welcomed the town’s newest police office, Nathan Fitz, to the town during a meeting of Town Council on Monday night. He “has some experience” in law enforcement according to Bratton, but will begin training at the police academy in January. For now, he is riding with and being mentored by some of the town’s more seasoned officers.
In other business, during the August Council meeting, the town approved a request from Jim Castle to help pay for curb and gutter installation at two properties on Huston Street, 553 and 557 Huston Street. Castle agreed to pay one half of the $5,016 expense, or $2,508 and the town agreed to pay the addition $2,508.
Council also agreed to reimburse the Chase City Volunteer Fire Department for a portion of the workers’ compensation insurance premium the department paid earlier in the year. The premium cost the fire department $10,500 and the town agreed to reimburse the fire department, paying it $5,000.
Council members Charles Willis and Marshall Whitaker, along with local residents Gwen Singleton and Charles McGann were named, by the Mayor, to a newly formed committee that would identify abandoned houses and prioritize them for action by the town.
Vice Mayor Lisa Gillispie shared the news that plans to proceed with the pocket park at the corner of Main and Second Streets was on hold because the remaining portion of the former Leggett’s Department store building had been condemned and would have to be demolished.
She thanked the town for taking a stand against the extension of the school superintendent’s contract extension. “I’ve heard from a number of people who approved of what we did.”
Gillispie noted that the citizen group working to revitalize Chase City were looking into ways to reuse the town park that was once used for Dixie Youth baseball. Earlier this year Chase City and Clarksville consolidated their teams and the games are now played in Clarksville. Two of the suggestions advanced for the field were to turn it into a soccer field or a putt-putt golf course.
The Ruritan Club of Chase City wanted the town to install signs noting that the club met in the town at each of the give entrances to the town, and Gillispie asked for and received approval from council for this to take place.
In response to a request from Chase City’s redevelopment committee to replace trees around the Hardees restaurant at the corner of Second and Main Streets, Gillispie was told that Jeff Gurley, Director of Public Works for the town, already had a work order for the trees.
Finally, Gillispie asked the town to look into “sprucing up” the area near the mobile home court in Chase City – at least the part that lies within the town limits.
Town Manager Rickey Reese publicly thanked Mecklenburg County Sheriff Bobby Hawkins for donating patrol car to the town. It was a car the sheriff’s office had taken out of service.
During the public comment session, Gwen Singleton asked the town to consider installing a walking track around the former ball field in Chase City. She also wondered who was responsible for identifying yards that need the grass cut. Whitaker said that job fell to the town manager.
Fred Gailor of Adam & Eve Landscaping and Tree Service again complained about what he called excessive and unchecked drug dealings that go on around the town and in particular near his house. He said he’ been making the same complaint for 12 years, adding that he “wanted to move them [the dealers] to the mayor’s, the doctor’s and the council members’ houses” so they could “deal with the problem.”
Richie Richards thanked Council for taking a stand against the James Thornton contract extension by the School Board. “I’ve heard nothing but praise,” he said.
An emotional R. C. Hartley praised Police Chief Jay Jordan who, on July 10, came to his home to “make a notification” [about the death of a relative in Texas]. Speaking to the coroner in Corpus Christi, Texas, Hartley said he was told that Jordan was the best and most professional official he’d ever worked with.
On another topic he asked the town to look into a problem with dogs at a home on Oakwood Avenue that bark 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Hartley said this has been going on for nearly two weeks. The dogs are so loud, they keep him awake despite the fact that his windows are shut, his air conditioner is running and he said he has a fan blowing at the foot of his bed.
Otto Anderson complained about the squirrels and ground hogs in the area, claiming they’d dug up his trees and eaten all his fruit.
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