By Lindsey Temple
News Star Reporter
Two police related issues and making Elmore City’s Footloose Festival a bigger and better event were among the items discussed at last week’s Elmore City Council Meeting.
Lisa Rollings, event coordinator for the Footloose Festival, requested from the council additional money from the city to continue to grow the event.
Some of Rollings ideas included an inflatable movie screen where the original Footloose movie could be viewed in the evening, a day time D.J. for karaoke for festival goers and possibly a small group of the Thunder Basketball girls to perform.
Rollings was hoping for $1,500 from the council to bring in some of these new attractions to the event.
In an effort to reduce spending, EC mayor Larry Cleveland urged Rollings to pick one attraction for the event.
Rollings decided on the daytime D.J. and will be bringing more inquires to the council in upcoming months.
Council member David Schmidt weighed in saying, “this is a good investment for our town.”
Also on the agenda was the police SUV that the city is planning on purchasing.
Council member Jim Tadlock voiced concern for the color and decals on the vehicle, stating an opposition to black on black.
“Our police cars should serve a purpose but they should also be approachable. We do not need to portray a police force that is not unapproachable,” explained Tadlock.
Police Chief Brynn Barnett stated he had no problem with accommodating Tadlock’s request.
The agenda item to purchase the vehicle passed unanimously
Another item of interest on the agenda was the city’s acquisition of O.D.I.S. for the police department.
O.D.I.S., or Offender Data Information System, will be used to retrieve those with outstanding warrants in EC, picked up by other law enforcement.
EC currently has $70,000 in outstanding warrants and O.D.I.S. would make it easier to retrieve the offenders and ultimately the money, along with many other functions.
The system will cost the city an initial large fee to get started and $125 per month after that.
The agenda item passed unanimously.
The next EC City Council meeting is on Tuesday, January 3; at 7 p.m. Area residents are urged to attend.