Warsaw PD Promotes 2 New Sergeants At Board Meeting

Homer May
County Reporter
Warsaw promoted two of its police officers, Levi Ullum and Chad Eledge, to Sergeant, announced at the City’s Jan. 6 meeting of its Board of Aldermen by Mayor Eddie Simons, who read a proclamation dated Dec. 28, 2019 which read, “For dedication to the City of Warsaw, and excellence in service to the Warsaw Police Department” the two are “hereby promoted to the rank of Sgt.; signed by the Mayor. 
The meeting opened at 6 PM, with Aldermen Adam Howe, Lou Breshears, Rob Coskey, Eric Masoner, Terry Marshall Sr. present. Alderman Eric Flores was absent. Mayor Simons presided; City Clerk Jessica Kendall recorded. Early action by the group was to approve a revised agenda, plus minutes of the group’s Dec. 18 meeting, then okay payment of bills presented. In early session, Warsaw Area Chamber of Commerce (C of C) visitor Cheryl Peterson announced an April 25 date for the City’s 9th annual Wine Stroll, to be held on two downtown streets, which will be closed for the occasion. She touted great attendance by the public, at previous Strolls. Aldermen approved the plan.
In new business, Aldermen approved three ordinances, each authorizing the Mayor to execute contracts with the following organizations: (1) Benton County Historical Society, $2500 for historic preservation related services; (2) C of C, $9000 for Tourism related services; (3) Benton County Tourism Commission, $30,000 for Tourism, economic and community development related services.
City Administrator Randy Pogue outlined renovation progress at what will be the new Main St. City offices, previously the UMB Bank building. He said all LED lights have been installed in that structure, at a cost of $2000 and he expected eventual savings of $18,000. The lights will be inspected Jan.10; the trim and cabinets are almost complete; with flooring next scheduled. Furniture has been ordered, and a move-in, not set in stone, expected about March 1. He also spoke of recent flooding of, and damage to, the boardwalk in the Drake Harbor area. More information is needed on repairs needed; and he commented that Main St. work between Seminary and Polk Sts. continues. He also reported that planning has begun for renewed Municipal Airport Fly-Ins, similar to those at Lincoln. Lastly, he reported a surprise development, related to planned playground improvements in Drake Harbor’s landing. He said the Osage Nation has requested the City to stop its plans, pending a historic review of the site. As I understand the matter, Osage Nation’s interest may involve a concern that the proposed site could involve location of Indian burial sites. Pogue thought the process might not prove rewarding to the Osage Nation.
 The group went into executive session about 6:33 PM. Visitors are welcome at open sessions, usually held on 1st and 3rd Monday eves. But contact City offices (Ph: 660-438-5522) for updated information.