Slow December for Meeker PD

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MEEKER | Either it was really cold in December or everyone was in the Christmas spirit, based on the number of calls to the Meeker Police Department.

Police Chief Phil Stubblefield said the department had 160 calls in December. “That’s probably the lowest we’ve had in years. December was really slow for some reason,” Stubblefield said. The department continues its search for two new officers.

Public Works Director Russell Overton said water usage is down to normal, and work continues on the well project.

Interim Town Administrator Lisa Cook shared the quarterly treasurer’s report, stating, “Every department came in under budget. We didn’t spend it all, and we didn’t do all the projects we budgeted for, but we turned out pretty well.”

Cook will be officially named as the town’s new administrator at the next meeting, according to Mayor Regas Halandras. Amy Tupy, the current municipal court clerk and administrative assistant, will step into Cook’s role as Town Clerk, and the town will be advertising for a part time front desk position.

In other business, the town’s board of trustees renewed liquor licenses for Blanco Cellars and Watt’s Ranch Market, and approved a franchise agreement with Charter Communications on second reading to allow them to operate a cable television service. Charter, which operates as Spectrum, also offers high speed internet and mobile telephone service, but the town’s franchise agreement is limited to the cable television service.

The board will meet with local realtors and representatives from Better City at 6 p.m. on Jan. 22 for a housing workshop.