On June 10, the city personnel committee approved a request to create a second sergeant position within the department, and the city council approved it at Tuesday’s regular council meeting.
The Redwood Falls Police Department will soon add a second sergeant position to its staff. On June 10, the city personnel committee approved a request to create a second sergeant position within the department, and the city council approved it at Tuesday’s regular council meeting. The second sergeant is being requested for several reasons: • When the one current sergeant is on his scheduled days off, there is no supervision during the night shift. • Because of the regular rotation of the patrol staff’s schedule, some officers are rarely under direct supervision. • Police staff have noted on multiple occasions that when a supervisor is not on duty an excess amount of overtime wages is accrued by patrol staff, and certain policies are not being followed. The second sergeant position would be an internal promotion that would not result in the addition of another officer. The wage of the Sergeant, under terms of the LELS contract, would be $27.83, or approximately two percent above the top Patrol Officer wage. The position can be funded under the police department’s 2014 budget. In other news, the council: • Approved an on-sale liquor and Sunday liquor license for Duffy’s South Inc.. Craig Mork and Bill Mollenhauer, new owners of the Rusty Bucket, applied for the licences for an establishment to be called Duffy’s Riverside Saloon, with a tentative opening date of Aug. 11. Mork and Mollenhauer have also requested approval to allow for future outdoor events, limited to no more than 12 days during the calendar year, and no more than four consecutive days. • Approved a $3,964 bid from Infrastructure Design Group, Inc. for landscaping around the new playground equipment to be set up at Perks Park later this summer. Total cost of the playgrounds and landscaping are currently budgeted at $124,000. • Approved a temporary on-sale 3.2 percent malt liquor application for American Legion Post 38, which will be hosting the District 2 American Legion Baseball Tournament at Memorial Field on July 18-20, and 25-27. • Tweaked the wording of existing city ordinances involving the licencing of off-sale liquor and professional therapeutic massage to make the language clearer. • Approved a request for proposals from firms which collect residential solid waste. The city’s current agreement with Waste Management ends Sept. 22, 2014, and the request allows other firms to put in bids and, if necessary, schedule a transition from one firm to its substitute. • Set the date for the MS4 public annual meeting summarizing the previous year’s accomplishments, and soliciting comments or changes to the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan, for Thursday, June 26, at 6 p.m. at City Hall.