The audit of Napoleon city operations identified dispatch service as an area where the city could save money at the Police Department; by moving that operation to the Henry County Sheriff’s office. At Monday night’s Napoleon Council session, 4 staff members from the Napoleon Police department addressed council to explain why they feel that service should stay in the city. Council has not made a decision on moving dispatch out of the police department. They are currently discussing the matter with Sheriff Mike Bodenbender.
Napoleon Council reviewed requests for some hirings during their Monday meeting. They approved a request for a part-time technology position; and another part-time slot in human resources. The HR employee could help in union negotiations, with three city bargaining units contracts expiring this year. Council also decided to stay with an administrative assistant to the Napoleon finance director, that will help in covering council meetings.
Napoleon Council approved the purchase of a new snow plow at a cost of nearly $143,000; along with a new refuse truck needed in the city. That unit is a $144,000 item.
Council approved joining ODOT’s contract for the purchase of road salt; but will be ordering less for Napoleon in 2013, due to a sizeable stockpile left-over from the past winter.
Henry County Tomato Festival parade director Neil Giffey (giff-eye) approached council about not allowing cars to park on