The Webb City Police Department was allowed by the City Council Monday to accept a $41,811 grant from the Jasper County Law Enforcement Sales Tax fund.
In December, Police Chief Don Melton applied to outfit the three new patrol SUVs the city had ordered in November.
Melton informed the council that the grant will also allow the department to replace its .40 caliber duty pistols with Glock 9mm pistols.
The council authorized Melton to seek bids for the vehicle equipment and pistols. Once the purchases are approved by the council, reimbursement will be sought from the Jasper County Law Enforcement Sales Tax fund.
Melton also conducted the pinning ceremony for five police officers: Austin Fohey, Tyler Winters, Davy Blair and Jacob Williams.
Five ordinances were approved by the council on second reading.
Two ordinances update stormwater regulations.
Two other ordinances are in regard to the city’s agreement with the Missouri Department of Transportation to construct a sidewalk on East Street from the roundabout north to Daugherty Street. The state will provide 75% of the estimated cost, not to exceed $444,974.
The city will receive higher interest on its accounts with Mid-Missouri Bank. Since 2018, the city has received 0.9% compounded monthly and not been charged any service fees. Under the new agreement, the city will receive 3.2% on its funds and still not pay any service fees.
The fire department was authorized to purchase a set of equipment for use when it has to extricate people from hazardous situations, including vehicle wrecks. Jon’s Mid America bid of $35,989 was selected. Half of the cost will be reimbursed by the ARPA State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Fire Protection Grant.