By Crystal McGough
ARGO – The Argo Metropolis Council heard a presentation Monday, Aug. 23, from Argo police officer Cason Davis regarding the addition of a Ok-9 Unit to the Argo Police Division.
“We’re getting a Ok-9 donated to us from iK9, a coaching facility in Anniston, Alabama,” Davis stated. “It might be freed from price to have the canine donated to us. Additionally, the vet payments can be donated to us freed from price, so it wouldn’t be something on the town. The coaching for a handler shall be $1,000, to have me educated as a Ok-9 handler.”
Davis stated that the 3-year-old Dutch Shepherd being donated to the police division is known as Argo. Mayor Betty Bradley clarified that the town of Argo didn’t title the Ok-9.
“We’re hoping to get him and get him out on the road and clear up the town with the medicine coming in like the brand new methamphetamine capsules which are being produced and pushed out this fashion,” Davis stated.
Davis informed the mayor and council that the most costly price of including a Ok-9 Unit can be a cage to go within the police automobile, which is able to price round $7,000.
“We want the town to soak up the price of the cage – regardless of the grant doesn’t cowl, if the grant covers something – and so far as the police division, we might cowl any prices so far as meals and his coaching,” Chief Glenn Wells stated. “I feel it’s a terrific thought. I feel it’s one thing that we’d like, and we now have a ton of medicine out right here. I hate to let you know that, however there’s rather a lot and we do make a whole lot of drug arrests, together with Springville, Margaret and Odenville. So, I feel it would assist all of the cities out to have this canine.”
Moreover, Wells stated that Tommy Johnson at Argo Animal Clinic has provided to donate veterinarian companies for Ok-9 Argo.
Mayor professional tem Dusty Stinson requested if Ok-9 Argo would stay with the town if Davis have been to maneuver to a special division. Davis stated that the canine would stay with the town of Argo, as he shall be thought of metropolis property.
The council handed a movement made by Stinson that the town approve the Ok-9 handler coaching, which shall be paid for by the police division, and that the town take in the price of the cage for the automobile, pending a grant utility.
“If we don’t get the grant, then we’re nonetheless going to cowl it,” Mayor Bradley stated. “We’ll cowl it with or with out the grant.”
In different metropolis enterprise, the council authorized the next:
- Flood Plain Decision 2021-08-23
- Police Division Reserve Program Decision 2021-08-23a
- Clair County E911 Settlement within the quantity of $43,507.50
- Clair County Grownup Inmate Housing Settlement
- Allocation of ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funds
The subsequent assembly of the Argo Metropolis Council shall be Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, on the Argo Municipal Complicated. The council assembly will start at 6 p.m., following a 5 p.m. work session.