Published On: Thu, Nov 21st, 2013

Offer made on police chief position

At its regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 11, the Osmond City Council heard a request to allow use of the city auditorium for an exercise area for tots and agreed to make an offer for the police chief position.

Melissa Lind of HOME Team spoke to the council about a church in Norfolk which uses its gym for small child exercise programs — for those who are not in a school physical education program. She indicated it would give the kids an opportunity to “burn off” energy and provide community bonding. Volunteers would be responsible for clean up and care of the restrooms. It would not be a fund-raising program. To Mayor James Bessmer’s question of who would be in charge, she indicated the HOME Team. Bessmer said he would want one or two individuals to be the responsible persons. More details would need to be worked out; however Mrs. Lind projected use on some weekdays and possibly every other Saturday. She was reminded that most weekends the hall is rented; also that rental bookings would have to come first. She asked the council to think about the proposal with an answer not required that evening.

On another matter, Mrs. Lind advised that the site originally planned for the city sign is not in the city limits so an alternate site would need to be secured.

Council met for nearly a half hour in closed session reviewing two applications for the police chief position, which has been vacant since the resignation of Jeff Wallick in mid-August. Returning to open session, council agreed to offer the position to Josh Jacobi who is now employed at Wayne. He would begin work here later in the month.

In other matters, the council:

— agreed that the maintenance staff could have street Christmas lights in place for the Christmas in Osmond promotion on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

— determined that there would be no adverse impact to an historical site if a communications tower would be constructed in West Osmond.

— met briefly with employee Alan Ekberg relative to employment concerns.

Council also held a short closed session with the four maintenance employees on Thursday, Nov. 14, to review staff concerns. Also approved that day was taking part with an open house from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. during Christmas in Osmond promotion.