During the Supervisors report at the last city council meeting Police Chief Bobby Walker answered questions from Councilwoman Maureen Harrod about the installation and use of video cameras in the police cars. The Chief told her all police cars have cameras except his. “We knew our officers were doing a wonderful job, said Mayor McPherson, but the video verifies it.” The quality video from the police cars have been complimented by court officials commented Walker. “We now have personal body cameras that fit on the officers shirts, we don’t have enough for each officer but we have enough for those working,” Walker told the council. Walker went on to say the cameras are manually operated and can see into the car when an officer approaches the vehicle or when they go into a business or domestic situation. Mayor McPherson told the council the Chief has enacted a policy that cameras will be used at all times and if a camera in a car does not work they are instructed to get into a car that has one operating.
Re-elected Councilman Jim Lay wanted to give Public Works Director Fred Glascock “A shout out” for doing several community service runs after working all day on Lakeshore Drive. “Well deserved” said the Mayor.
In old business during the discussion of the upcoming window replacement project, Councilwomen Harrod thought an inspector was discussed in past meetings to come and give a comprehensive efficiency study and develop a 2 to 5 year plan for the city to follow. Further discussion led to Code Enforcement Officer Doug Perry and the Mayor searching for an inspector to complete the plan.
During new business Heber Springs Water Department received good news when the Heber Springs City Council passed an ordinance allowing the utility to bypass the competitive bidding process to buy and repair tube settlers at the water treatment plant. Then the City Council received good news when Wade Turner CPA reviewed the Water Departments annual audit. Turner said the audit reviews control, policies and procedures of the department and compliance laws. The department is in compliance and financially stable. From the report it reads in part; Current assets for the department rose by $1,665,057 to a total of $4,086,984. Liabilities are $706,280 as of September 30, 2012. The current obligation ratio is an indication of the Utilities ability to meet its current obligations as they come due and is calculated by dividing current assets by current liabilities. A ratio of greater than 1 is an indication that the Utility has sufficient current assets to meet its current obligations. The Utility’s current ratio is 5.79. Mayor thanked Manager Kent Latch for his leadership of the department.
Page 2 of 2 - New Heber Springs Humane Society Manager Bryce Marler approached the city council for a $1,000. Marler was unaware he was responsible to invoice the city to receive the annual budgeted amount. Mayor McPherson told the council his office contacted the society letting them know the money was available but the invoice came in after the books for 2012 were closed. The society will receive the 2012 amount and the 2013 amount has already been paid. The contract handed to the council members by Marler was tabled until the February meeting.