Repairs to the Old Halbert Building, soon to be the new headquarters of the Teague Police Department, will shortly be completed following the allocation of $55,000 from the Teague City Council February 20, 2017.
Alderwoman Marilyn Michaud made the motion to provide only $35,000 for the remaining repairs, voicing her concern that the originally requested amount was more than the City can afford.
However, Michaud’s motion died for lack of a second, with the majority of the Council in favor of awarding the Police Department the full amount requested.
The meeting began with a call to executive session for a quick discussion of personnel and property matters.
Back in regular session, Aldermen voted to hire new employees Kayln Tieman, Teague Police Department’s newest patrol officer, and Dennis Covert to the Public Works Department.
Licensed Public Works Operator Steven Posey received a pay increase, while Public Works Director Gus Ramirez’s employment status was adjusted from full-time to part-time consultant while the search for a new director continues.
Also receiving a status adjustment was Teague PD’s Lieutenant DeWayne Philpott from an hourly employee to a salaried position.
In other business, Aldermen voted to create a position for a Police Department Secretary/Court Clerk.
Readdressing an item tabled during the Council’s last meeting, Aldermen voted unanimously to authorize the Interim City Administrator/Secretary Theresa Prasil to work with the City’s attorney to update the Employee Personnel Manual in reference to compensatory time.
The update will require department directors to cap employee’s comp time at eighty hours.
Aldermen also authorized the Mayor to execute the joint election agreement between the City and the Teague Independent School District, as well as the contract with Freestone County for the lease of election equipment.
Teague’s municipal election will be held on May 6, 2017.
Resident Jack Henson publicly addressed the Council regarding the recent road work near his home on Oak Street, between 7th and 8th Avenue.
Mr. Henson reported that after crews laid new asphalt on the street, it was flattened with a tractor causing large ruts in the road.
He also inquired about the possibility of obtaining a Community Development Block Grant to benefit the City’s infrastructure.
Interim City Administrator Theresa Prasil shared that the City is presently involved in the application process in hopes of receiving the grant.
“THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY to serve my community,” expressed Teague Police Department’s newest patrol officer, Kayln Tieman, during her official swearing in ceremony on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. City officials and residents gathered at City Hall to welcome Officer Tieman and enjoy cake and tea. Shown pinning the badge on her mother’s uniform is Officer Tieman’s daughter, Kyla. Also in attendance were Tieman’s proud parents, Billie and Charlie, and her son, Kyler. Tieman was previously employed as a Detention Sergeant for the Navarro County Sheriff’s Department, and is a graduate of the Navarro College Police Academy. “We’re glad to have her on board,” said Chief of Police Dan Ramsey, “We know she’ll be a good asset to the department.” (Photo by Megan Hempel)