The City of Clarkson voted to expand their police force during their Monday night council meeting.
After years of working toward creating a part-time police officer position to help the city’s Police Chief – and lone officer – the measure was finally passed to expand the force by one 25-hour-per-week position.
Mayor Bonnie Henderson called a closed executive session during the July 13 meeting to discuss personnel, and announced afterward that the group intends to hire recently retired Sheriff Rick Clemons.
Clemons brings to the table decades of law enforcement experience, and will be aiding and assisting Police Chief Buck Meredith, whom he commanded for a number of years at the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.
Henderson said that Clemons will be paid $13 per hour for his part-time work with the city, and will be provided a police cruiser which was recently purchased used from the Leitchfield Police Department.
In other city news:
– Commissioners Kay Gibson and Scotty Gore discussed road repair issues, providing a list of the areas throughout the city which need work.
Mayor Henderson recommended that the city also look into using some road funds to re-stripe the streets before the September Honeyfest event, which draws huge crowds to the downtown area.
– UK Extension Agent Natalie Taul spoke to the council about programs and classes that can be offered to Clarkson residents at little to no cost.
As a Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, Taul told the group that she is happy to offer a wide variety of courses including everything from family nutrition to financial stability, and drug prevention to cost-effective holiday decorating.
The city is looking into which options may serve the city best and garner the most local interest. Commissioners, as well as Taul, are seeking community input as they plan to schedule classes soon.
– Drainage issues at the city’s new community center were discussed. Commissioner Gibson stated that during heavy rains, there has been an issue with water draining toward the building and even coming into the structure via the kitchen door.
Steps are being taken to decide how best to divert water away from the building.