The Hanover Town Council voted unanimously Wednesday to renew a one-year contract with Economic Development Partners.

Under terms of the contract, Hanover must receive quarterly reports from EDP.

The contract is for up to $3,000, but the town must receive hourly billing for the services, said town attorney Wil Goering.

The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners entered into a contract with EDP last month, but the city of Madison is continuing to discuss the service.

Hanover council members heard a presentation from Bernie Murphy, EDP interim director, at the council's final meeting of 2012 last week. At that meeting, Murphy reported that EDP is working with two businesses that could potentially bring 50 jobs each to the area.  

"From what I've seen thus far, I think this will be well worth our investment," council member Treva Shelton said.

Also at the meeting, town marshal Ron Kroger reported that the police department needs to make its annual purchase of ammunition.

He said he anticipates the price of the order to go up about $800 this year compared with last year.

The order will cost about $2,700, not including shipping. Kroger said he works with an official police supplier, which he said offers the lowest prices.

The department's standard-issued weapon is a 9 mm, but Kroger said some of reserve officers also use a .40-caliber handgun.

In other business:

· The council adopted a new capital improvement plan for 2013. The town will receive its Economic Development Income Tax revenue semi-annually from the Jefferson County auditor. Because the state changed the guidelines for the use of the tax, the EDIT funds now can be used for items such as maintenance, contract services, general town operating services, paving and repairs, replacement of signs, insurance, etc.

· The council re-elected Debbie Kroger as town council president. Brett Mitchell was re-elected as vice president.

·  The board approved a meeting schedule for the rest of the year. It will keep its current format of two meetings a month. The first meeting will be on the first Tuesday of the month, while the second will be on the third Monday of the month, with the exception of federal holidays.

· The town will transfer $20,000 from the EDIT fund to the general fund to purchase two police cars.

The cars will be purchased from a Chicago dealer later in the month for $8,000 each. The additional funds will be used to detail and modify the vehicles.   

· The town will have Christmas tree pickup on Friday. The trees must be curbside by 7 a.m.

Crews will conduct trash pickup Saturday. Items must be curbside by 6 a.m.