Comer’s City Council approved the purchase of a low-mileage car for the city police department recently.
The group agreed May 6 to trade in two damaged and one seized vehicles and $2,500 for the white, 2008 Crown Victoria. Repairs on the existing vehicles were well over that amount. The new car will require lights and decals before it can be put on the road.
The council voted to rescind last month’s vote to increase garbage fees until a complete audit of the city’s water, sewage and garbage accounts can be completed. The city has not had any water system increases since July 1, 2002.
In other matters, work on the sewer system upgrades is going well. Nearly 2,000 feet of new sewer pipe, starting at the treatment plant, have been installed and an additional 200 feet are being installed in the next few weeks.
The city Public Works will conduct a hydrant flush May 13 and 14 to help clear out settlements from the lines. They will use the opportunity to open and lubricate the hydrants so that they will be in working order if they are needed.
The city is planning a combination car show and city wide yard sale to be held sometime in September or October. The city hopes to have the new gazebo in place for the event.
The Comer Police Department took part in a national prescription drug take back day that removed 371 tons of old, out of date and unwanted medications nationwide. Comer was one of 5,829 locations nationwide that took part in the drive. This was a 50 percent increase in the results from last year. 13.7 pounds of prescription drugs were turned in at the Comer Police Office.
In other action, the police department responded to 78 calls in April. They wrote five incident reports including one Domestic Violence Report, one Juvenile Complaint and two Accident Reports. They made nine felony arrests including six D.U.I. and Drug arrests. They took three other people into custody wanted in other jurisdictions and helped recover two stolen vehicles. They issued 55 citations and 27 written warnings. The department spent 26 hours doing community policing, including school traffic.