Dunbar to host officer’s training class

By By Marta Ree Tankersley
For the Gazette

Sheriff Mike Lewis of Wicomico County, Md. will present a Patrol Interdiction Class at West Virginia State University for police officers in Kanawha and surrounding counties, Dunbar Police Chief Jesse Bailes announced at a city council meeting Monday.

“This is a great opportunity for the city and puts us on the map to providing top quality training,” Bailes said.

The revenue-neutral class with an expected 30 participants will instruct officers on how to look for drug traffickers and curtail the drug trade, he said.

“It’s been reported that 98 percent of all crimes involve a vehicle,” Dunbar Police Sgt. David Hudson, event coordinator, said. Being “progressive in our patrolling efforts” increases the likelihood of stopping criminal activity and seizing property used in the commission of crimes, he continued.

“Lewis funds his entire department with drug seizure money,” Hudson said.

Council also scheduled to “lay the levy” as part of the municipal budget process on Tuesday, April 15 at 5 p.m. They plan to present a budget for the upcoming fiscal year at the next regularly scheduled city council meeting, Mayor Terry Greenlee said.

Greenlee also reported that 125 parking spaces that had been designated as reserved on Dunbar Avenue are now available for free two-hour parking.

In other business, Council

· Approved a $196,793 annual budget for the management and maintenance of Shawnee Park.

· Approved the expenditure of invoices totaling $54,229 for worker’s compensation insurance, utilities and tree removal.

· Accepted a $5,500 bid from NAC Inc. of Huntington to demolish property located at 400 19th Street. Once the demolition is complete the city will sell the land to recoup expenses.

· Agreed to open bids for two sets of firefighting “bunker” gear.

· Presented Citizen of the Month to Kenny Bass for “preforming above the call of duty” by assisting a motorist who had been in a car accident on Roxalana Road.

· Recognized Dunbar residents Katlyn Henson and Allison Mills for being chosen as part of the Spirit Dance Team of America.

· Promoted Dunbar Policeman David Hudson to the rank of Sergeant.

· Announced Humane Officer Kristen Strickland will speak at the citywide Neighborhood Watch meeting April 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bingo Building on Charles Avenue.

· Interim Recreation Consultant announced the following an Easter Egg Hunt at Wine Cellar Park Saturday, April 19 at 10:30 a.m. and a Reptile Expo at Shawnee Park Saturday, April 19 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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