Officer Promoted, Council Discusses Damaged Vehicle at Meeting
Tue, 08 Jan 2019 09:44:10 CST
The first Litchfield City Council meeting of the year began with a special swearing in ceremony for one deserving police officer.
Zach Spaur was promoted to sergeant with the Litchfield Police Department on Thursday, Jan. 3, after serving the city for more than 11 years. His wife Amber held the Bible while city clerk Carol Burke swore in the new sergeant. His two sons were in attendance along with many other officers with the department.
Later in the meeting following the swearing-in, the council discussed another matter related to the police department.
A bid was awarded to Chuck's Body Shop in the amount of $1,559.39 to repair a police vehicle that had sustained damage to its rear. Alderman Dwayne Gerl, who owns and operates Gerl's Auto Body in Litchfield, had submitted the lowest bid, but voluntarily withdrew his offer before a vote was taken. He said he was busy enough at his shop without having to take on the project.
Before Gerl's withdrawal, concerns were raised about a sitting council member being awarded a bid without the city's insurance company being involved in the process. The insurance company informed city officials in December that a claim to pay for the damaged vehicle had been denied. Alderman Woodrow Street told the other council members that he would still like to consult with the city's attorney regarding the legality of the issue for future reference. The attorney was absent from Thursday's meeting.
The next Litchfield City Council meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 17, at 6:30 p.m.
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