Staff Report

The city of Clarkson has officially hired its newest full-time police officer.

Newly hired Officer Blake Elmore attended Monday night's Clarkson City Commission meeting, and it was announced that his first day of work with the city is expected to be April 1. The commission voted to hire him at its Feb. 25 special called meeting.

Elmore will train with Clarkson Police Chief Buck Meredith and Clarkson Police Officer Rick Clemons before going into the police academy this summer.

In other business:

*The deadline for completion of sewer project has been extended from March 8 until May 8. Factors for the extension included the partial federal government shutdown and all of the heavy rainfall.

*Grayson County Public Health Director Mindy Renfrow was granted permission for the Grayson County Health Department to host a Public Health Forum to discuss the proposed syringe exchange program at the Clarkson Community Center on Monday, May 6 from 6-8 p.m. This is the one for the 1st magisterial district.

Renfrow said she has also scheduled forums for each of the other five districts.

*Reminders for the following city events were announced: The city's Easter egg hunt will be held at the City Park on Saturday, April 20 at 2 p.m. (Ages 0-12), and City Hall will be closed on Good Friday (April 19).

*Spring Clean-Up for city residents only will be held May 6 through 9. Tires, tree limbs, paint, waste oil, construction debris, and leaves will not be picked up. Items such as mattresses, appliances, recliners, sofas, etc. will be picked up.

*The city commission declared April to be Child Abuse Prevention Month in conjunction with activities at Clarkson Elementary School, which will be held throughout the month.

*Clarkson Fire & Rescue will be having a tractor pull at the Grayson County Fairgrounds on Saturday, March 23 starting at 10 a.m. Proceeds will benefit WHAS Crusade for Children. The commission voted to pay the $500.86 additional insurance endorsement needed to cover the event, and this money will come out of the Clarkson Fire Department's fire dues account.

*The Louisville National Service Office office will be hosting a Skywarn Weather Spotters Class at the Clarkson Community Center on Monday, March 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. No registration is required. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

*The city commission thanked Clarkson Baptist Church for the recent heroes luncheon, during which the church recognized Clarkson officials, employees, firefighters, and police officers.