Kilmarnock adopts resolutions for park project funding, use of police vehicles

by Madison White Franks

KILMARNOCK—The Kilmarnock Town Council on Monday adopted a resolution that allows the town to reimburse itself for expenses related to the development of Town Centre Park.

According to the resolution, the town has determined it may be necessary or desirable to advance money to pay the cost of design, project management and any other associated project costs for the park. Council adopted the declaration of official intent under the Treasury Regulations in Section 1.150-2.

Council expects to reimburse advances made or to be made by the town to pay the costs of the project from the proceeds of its debt or other finances, but the maximum amount of debt or other financing expected to be issued for the project is $3 million.

Council member Rebecca Nunn introduced a motion to adopt the resolution and council member Betsy Crowther seconded it. The vote was unanimous, 6-0.

Town manager Tom Saunders said progress at the park is in full force and if anyone wants to take a tour during construction, come to the town office to make arrangements.

Council member Emerson Gravatt recommended council adopt a proposed policy to allow Kilmarnock Police Department (KPD) vehicles to be taken home to officers’ residences. The policy notes that the KPD has implemented a program of assigning police vehicles that may be used to and from work and for other specified purposes.

The program is intended to benefit the officers by providing them reliable and convenient transportation and to accomplish goals that will benefit the public, town and KPD to improve response time, promote the security and well-being of the citizens of Kilmarnock by increasing the number of marked patrol vehicles and promote police-community relations by increasing the number of personal contacts.

It also will reduce the opportunity for criminal activity by creating an omnipresence of marked police vehicles throughout the community, enhance response time to priority calls, enhance the level of vehicle performance and provide incentives for recruiting.

The assigned vehicles are not to be used for personal business outside of the Town of Kilmarnock. It is also policy of the KPD to maintain an individual vehicle assignment program for full-time sworn officers who reside within a 10-mile radius of the town limits.

Council adopted the recommendation, 6-0.

During a streets, sidewalks and playground committee report, council member Keith Butler indicated that new 2-hour parking signs, effective from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., have been installed in the Steptoe’s District.

Council also appointed Brandon Frazier, an arborist representative with Bartlett’s Tree Experts, to fill a vacant seat on the town planning commission.