Hanover names reserve officers
Thursday, January 24, 2013 10:00 AM
The Hanover Town Council appointed two new Hanover Police Department reserve officers and promoted another at Tuesday night's meeting.
Jefferson County Coroner Johnny Collins, who has been a reserve since May 2009, was promoted to the rank of sergeant. Town Marshal Ron Kroger said Collins has taken on a greater role with the department since being elected coroner in November. Collins will remain a reserve officer with the department.
"Johnny has really been stepping up here lately," Kroger told the council before presenting Collins the sergeant stripes.
Kroger also swore in reserve officers Bradley Demaree and Christopher Trapp. He said both men will begin training immediately.
Kroger asked the council to consider a pay raise for his officers because they are feeling the pinch from the recent hike in Social Security withholdings.
"Everybody's taking a big hit," he said.
Also at the meeting, Kroger reported that the department held an active-shooter training session at Southwestern Elementary School last week. He said the school and department both picked up on ways to improve their emergency response.
"If I had to give us a score, it was an A-minus, and we'll improve as time goes on," he said, adding that the department will continue holding similar drills.
In other business:
The town has finished smoke testing of the sewer system. The work was done by Midwestern Engineering late last year to expose faulty lines and manholes.
Councilmember Treva Shelton reported that the town logged 105 citations, which were spread out through about 40 customers. The town serves about 1,100 customers.
Council President Debbie Kroger said the town will begin sending out letters to the individuals who need to fix their lines. She also reported that the town will have to repair a few manholes, as well.
The town will hold a work session at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 to discuss financial matters and the use of Hanover Town Park. Ohio Valley Opportunities Project Head Start moved from Hanover Town Park into Southwestern Schools at the beginning of the year and ended its contract with the town.
The contract was for $2,000 a month, amounting to $24,000 a year. Debbie Kroger said the council needs to discuss ways to address the loss of the revenue, which was traditionally put back into the general fund.