PR City Council OK's monies for burn pile

Pilot Rock Police Chief Darren Richman talks about the budget for his department during an August planning session in Pilot Rock. <BR><I>Staff photo by E.J. Harris

Pilot Rock will soon have a new burn pile and the police will have a new patrol vehicle.

Pilot Rock City Council approved a pair of expenses during its regular meeting Tuesday night.

First, it approved $11,120 of industrial park community projects monies to build a new burn pile. The old burn pile had to be phased out by Nov. 18, according to the meeting's minutes. The new "enhanced" burn pile will be on city property near the gun club. The council approved the expenditure unanimously.

Police Chief Darren Richman asked the council for permission to purchase a used, 2006 Ford 500 from a dealership in The Dalles.

The vehicle would update the patrol fleet and be used as an administrative patrol vehicle with emergency lights, the meeting minutes said. This will bring the police department's fleet to three patrol vehicles, allowing each officer to take home a car so the officers can respond immediately to emergencies.

The new car will be unmarked but have red and blue lights on the interior, the minutes said. Also, city staff could use the car to attend meetings outside of town.

The city council approved the purchase of the car "not to exceed $17,500." Richman quoted the car's price at $13,345.

The council also approved a budget for the police department that includes buying a Lexipol Manual with current procedures and case law, for $1,950. The police have been using an outdated manual without current case law.

In other business, the council approved the city offices closing at noon on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) and New Year's Eve (Dec. 31), and moved its second December meeting to a joint meeting with the Pilot Rock School Board at 7 p.m. on Dec. 10.

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