Hanover Police Department Sgt. Danny Kellams will become the full-time resource officer at Southwestern schools for the next school year if state grant funding becomes available.

Town Marshal Ron Kroger selected Kellams, who has been with the department for three years, and reported his decision to the Hanover Town Council on Monday.

Both Southwestern and the Madison Consolidated Schools have been working to add resource officers as part of new security initiatives.

The funding for the resource officer depends on the passing of Indiana Senate Bill 1, which would help provide matching grants of up to $50,000 to districts per year. The bill has passed the Senate and is now in the House Education Committee.

Earlier this month, Kellams completed training to become a national certified school safety officer. The job would include offering security services at the schools, as well as safety training opportunities for teachers and students.

"There's a lot more to this school resource officer than we realize," Kroger said.

Kellams began his law enforcement career in 1997 as a deputy in Clark County.

In other business:

• The council agreed to keep its insurance plan with Medical Mutual. The renewal was set for April 1.

Anthony Kasper, who handles the town insurance policy, said the town's rates have gone up 19 percent this year, but he added that premiums on existing plans may see fewer increases next year based on language in the new health care law.

And comparing with other providers and the fact that insurance rates are increasing across the board, Kasper saw the town's current plan was the best option.

"From what I've heard, that's not bad," Kasper said of the increase.  

• The town voted unanimously to hire Brenda Bundy as a part-time administrative assistant. She will work up to 29 hours a week. Bundy worked 13 years as a real estate broker and has experience working with bids, accounts payable and payroll. She plans to start today.

• The town approved an annual contract with Steinhardt Heating and Air Conditioning for maintenance services. The price of the contract, $837, has not changed in 10 years.

• The council voted to put a lien on a property at 132 Maple St. for the amount of $4,630. A home on the property was torn down after it was deemed unsafe by the council last year, and the $4,630 represents the demolition cost.

The town will reopen its compost site on April 6. The site will run on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., 9 to 3 p.m. on Saturday and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. The council also agreed to pay Kellams $9 an hour to work the site on the weekends.