Pass is a member of the National Alliance for Mental Illness and said the organization has a goal of having 20 percent of law enforcement officers trained in CIT.
He informed the council that the Gordon County Sheriff’s Department is hosting a CIT class on March 18 through March 22 and said the training was free and local; he believes it would be a good opportunity for a few city officers to take part in.
“(The class) Primarily deals with first responders dealing with emotionally disturbed persons,” Chief Deputy Robert Paris of the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office said.
Roberta Charbonneau, Coordinator for Family Connection of Gordon County, was also in attendance at the work session at said some of the city officers had been trained in CIT before but they have retired.
“The goal is to be able to deescalate situations to identify and then also to know skill and also resources within our community,” Charbonneau said.
While attending a training seminar Pass was asked where he was from, after he said Calhoun he was informed it was one of the few places that did not have any officers trained in CIT.
Garry Moss, Chief of Police for the CPD, is going to send two officers to the Crisis Intervention Training class from March 18 through March 22, according to City Administrator Eddie Peterson.
Andy Hightower with Robinson Tire Company was on the agenda to discuss the use of banners, but was not in attendance.
Mayor Jimmy Palmer said the Council discussed the use of banners and other sign ordinance issues at the work session. City Attorney George Govignon will be working on updating the current sign ordinance to ensure all new case law is considered and will make changes if necessary.
Palmer acknowledged that the City does have a current sign ordinance in place that needs to be enforced, and said some properties in business areas are Gordon County parcels and not subject to the city’s sign ordinance.
The mayor and council approved a request by the Downtown Development Authority to replace Jimmy Phillips and Holly Carpenter with Brian Ruddell and Derrick Williams.
These two came highly recommended by the DDA members,” Mayor Pro Tem Al Edwards said. “These two will do just fine.”
The new replacements both work in downtown businesses. Ruddell is with Calhoun Paint and Decorating and Williams is with Duke’s Restaurant.
Beginning June 1, 2013 until June 1, 2014 Williams will replace Phillips, and beginning March 1, 2013 until November 1, 2015 Ruddell will replace Carpenter.
Palmer thanked Phillips and Carpenter for their time and service while on the board. He also thanked all of those who are willing to serve on various boards and volunteer their time for the betterment of the community.
The mayor and council approved a road closure request from the tourism committee for the BBQ, Boogie and Blues event that will be on Friday, April 26 from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. and then Saturday April 27 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The road closure request is for the section of Court Street from the Railroad tracks to Wall Street and Park Avenue from Oothcalooga Street to Harlen Street.
Edwards said that the event was very successful last year and thinks it is something that could continue to grow and have a good impact on the community as a whole.
The mayor and council approved a request from Danny Stephens, Water Treatment Superintendent, to declare four Wallace & Tiernan V-Notch chlorinators as surplus.
The approximate age of the chlorinators is 25 years and the city has not been able to use them for several years.
Catoosa Utilities in Ringgold still uses this type of chlorinator and the request includes the chlorinators be donated to Catoosa Utilities.
“These are things we don’t use anymore and I think it will serve them well,” Palmer said.
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