Oak Ridge North approves police radios, swears in new officers
Wednesday night was big for police in the city of Oak Ridge North.
Three new police officers were sworn in by Oak Ridge North Mayor Jim Kuykendall at a special-called city council meeting Wednesday, Nov. 8, at City Hall.
New police officers Kelly Kennerly, Juan Valdez and Jaren Young swore to “serve, protect and defend” the city, the United States Constitution and the laws of the country and the state of Texas.
Oak Ridge North Police Chief Andrew Walters said the three new officers exemplified what it meant to have “integrity, respect and passion” for the badge.
The council also unanimously voted to approve a five-year lease to Motorola Solutions for 18 portable and 12 mobile police radios at a cost of $93,961.60, with an annual payment of $19,649.21 and a down payment of $20,000.
Because the city had budgeted only $19,200 for new radios in Fiscal Year 2017-18, officials will pull $800 from the budget to make the $20,000 down payment.
The radios will replace the city’s current system, which is about 10 to 15 years old, said police Lt. Tom Libby, who presented the lease to council members on Wednesday.
Police officials in the small city are upgrading the radios after the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office announced this year that law enforcement agencies on the MSCO radio system would be required to upgrade their systems in order to continue being compatible together, Libby said.
The lease of the new police radios will end in five years, after which they will then belong to the Oak Ridge North Police Department. Libby said the new radios will last the department at least another 15 years.
Council also approved the purchase of a new vehicle lift for the city’s Public Works Department that is capable of lifting more than 2 tons. The new lift came in at a cost of $16,104.57.
In other business:
* Joe Sherwin, the city’s director of public works and engineering, asked the council to approve a plan to create a design for a future water plant site within the extraterritorial jurisdiction that would include raising the elevation, so that it meets floodplain requirements.
* The City Council cast six votes in favor of Council Member Clint McClaren joining the Montgomery Central Appraisal District Board of Directors.
The City Council’s next scheduled meeting is set for Nov. 20.