The purchase of two computers for the police department was approved by the Manawa Common Council at its Sept. 17 meeting.
The Welfare and Protection Committee recommended the purchase of two used squad car computers at $200 each from the New London Police Department. The intention is to replace the two 2006 computers currently being used by the Manawa Police Department (MPD).
Police Chief David Walker said a conversion will be done on one of the computers so it is ready to replace one of the six-year-old models.
“We need to replace both computers at this time next year,” Walker said.
He noted that a new computer will cost about $6,500, which includes software and installation.
The MPD will try to keep its 2008 Crown Victoria black-and-white running, rather than purchasing a new squad this year. Walker noted that a new fully-equipped squad costs about $38,000-$40,000.
Currently there is $16,000 in the new vehicle fund, with $8,000 added per year.
Ann Bonikowske reported that the Welfare and Protection Committee is dealing with three properties that have violated ordinance codes. Status of the properties is:
A shed on Fourth Street was demolished and the property is looking nice.
Barking dogs were declared a public nuisance for a property on Well Street; residents were given 10 days to remedy the situation or they will be fined $1,000.
A citation was issued for a residence reportedly housing four dogs.
In other business, the council:
• Approved the appointment of Lori Elmhorst as the city’s representative to the Library Board.
• Agreed to have Mayor Deb Nolan represent the city of Manawa and meet with the Little Wolf Town Board to discuss dam issues.
• Recognized City Clerk Cheryl Hass for 36 years of service.
• Approved operator’s licenses for Kegan May, Jim Dalton, Cherie Williams and Darrell Kerneen.