The Litchfield Police Department welcomed a new member to its ranks on Tuesday, July 2, as the members of the Litchfield City Council approved a new hire near the end of their meeting.
Colton Faure was sworn in by City Clerk Carol Burke on Tuesday, filling the vacancy left by the retirement of Chief Lee Jarman, who was succeeded by Chief Kenny Ryker.
Faure, originally from Susanville, CA, attended college at Greenville University, where he played football for the Panthers. This is his first job in law enforcement and he will be attending the police academy starting on Aug. 5.
In addition to approving Faure's reimbursement agreement, the council approved 13 other motions and appointed Cass Cooper to the tourism advisory committee for a term to expire on May 2022.
One of the few items to draw discussion in the meeting, which was in open session from 6:30 to 6:51, was an ordinance prohibiting animals at the Litchfield Pickers Market.
Mayor Steve Dougherty pointed out that service animals were exempt from the ordinance, as well as any animals associated with the event, such as a petting zoo or pony rides.
Alderman Ray Kellenberger asked if there had been specific problems to cause the need for the ordinance. Tourism Coordinator Sarah Waggoner said that over the four years of the event, there have been more and more problems with animals.
The situation came to a head during the June 9 Pickers Market, when Waggoner received several reports of dogs fighting or causing a disturbance, some up to two weeks after the event. Waggoner said that there was also a severe sanitation issue that took 45 minutes to clean up.
With the safety and sanitation issues surrounding animals at the event, Waggoner recommended the establishment of the ordinance, with the council voting 8-0 in favor of it.
Other motions to pass included a partial release of security for Philsam Properties LLC associated with the sale of lots to Litchfield Unlimited for development of a recreation center, to approve a proposal with Gewalt Hamilton Associates, Inc. for the grant preparation services for an IDNR OSLAD grant to develop a recreation/sport complex, and to approve an ordinance amending the use of signs in the city. Bob Sneed for the zoning board said they had been working for three years on the ordinance, with the planning commission also adding input over the last year.
The council also approved the purchase and installation of seven garage doors for Litchfield Fire Station #1, the purchase of an annual subscription for Target Solutions Training System for $1,641, to approve an ordinance annexing 207 Arrowhead Trail, to award grant monies of $300 to the Litchfield Airport Authority for the Route 66 Jet Rally and to approve a resolution for maintenance for the use of $24,495 of motor fuel tax funds.
Closed session minutes from several meetings in January 2018 through March 2019 were also released and four Panasonic Toughbook Mobile Data Computers were purchased from CDS Office Technologies for $14,000 for the Litchfield Police Department.
The council entered executive session at 6:51 p.m., with no action taken afterward. The aldermen will meet again on Thursday, July 18, at 6:30 p.m. for their next meeting.