Good­man Con­sid­ers Tasers For Po­lice

McDonald County Press - - FRONT PAGE - Sally Car­roll

Good­man City Coun­cil mem­bers are look­ing at pos­si­bly pur­chas­ing a Taser pack­age.

Good­man’s po­lice chief, Curt Drake, told al­der­men on Tues­day night that one par­tic­u­lar pack­age sells for $3,520 for two Tasers, while an­other pack­age of­fers two Tasers for $3,052. Pay­ments of $420 are then paid each year. At the fifthyear mark, the com­pany ships two of the most up-to-date Tasers and the cus­tomer is able to keep a to­tal of four Tasers.

Al­der­men are con­sid­er­ing pur­chas­ing Tasers af­ter two po­lice of­fers were in­jured in a re­cent al­ter­ca­tion with a per­son re­sist­ing ar­rest.

Drake said it’s dif­fi­cult to pre­dict if uti­liz­ing a Taser would have re­sulted in less in­jury but said po­lice of­fi­cers need more tools to as­sist them in chal­leng­ing sit­u­a­tions.

Al­der­men will re­view both pack­ages and dis­cuss the is­sue at the next city coun­cil meet­ing.

City clerk Karla McNor­ton swore in al­der­men Keith Koh­ley and Calvin Wil­son, as well as Judge Clyde David­son. All were re­cently re-elected.

Al­der­men also voted to reap­point McNor­ton as city clerk, Duane Cooper as city at­tor­ney and Drake as chief of po­lice.

Wil­son was ap­pointed as act­ing pres­i­dent.

In other busi­ness, the coun­cil is re­view­ing a pos­si­ble use tax or­di­nance which, if ap­proved on two read­ings, can be placed on the Au­gust bal­lot for a vote. The use tax doesn’t cost cit­i­zens any ex­tra money and would en­able city of­fi­cials to help pay for much­needed projects.

Mayor Greg Richmond said he be­lieves, if peo­ple un­der­stand what the coun­cil is try­ing to ac­com­plish and are ed­u­cated about the use tax, it can be ap­proved on the bal­lot.

Al­der­men also:

Voted to have the mayor sign con­dem­na­tion let­ters for 122 and 122½ N. Wall St. prop­er­ties;

Plan to de­ter­mine specs for a new gazebo for Main Street; and

Plan to con­sider en­act­ing an or­di­nance for those who have high wa­ter us­age, due to leaks.

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