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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Tecumseh council votes to apply for splash park grants

  • The Tecumseh city council on Monday voted in favor of applying for grants as the city works toward the goal of installing a splash pad at Slick Humphrey Park.
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  • The Tecumseh city council on Monday voted in favor of applying for grants as the city works toward the goal of installing a splash pad at Slick Humphrey Park.
    Mayor Eddy Parker was concerned application for grants would be a bit premature without knowing what the city would like to build just yet, but the council discussed that this is the beginning of the process.
    The council discussed at least two different grants they could seek, including one that has to be completed by a Jan. 15 deadline, with part of that grant requiring a public meeting to get input from residents on what type of park they would want to see.
    There was much discussion on an agenda item to approve an expenditure just under $15,000 to buy equipment for a new police car being purchased this year from funds already set aside during the budget process.
    Ward 2 Councilor Bob Stewart aired concerns about the purchase and said someone would need to prove to him the city wears out a police car every year, adding the city has other needs that need to come from the budget, such as a splash park, roadwork and a library.
    But Ward 3 Councilor Linda Praytor said, “I have a hard time putting a police car in the same category as a splash park or a library,” she said, adding those are “wants” and not a necessity like a police car.
    The discussion continued about how the city has 10 police cars and the purchase of a new model is placed in the budget each year so an older model can be phased out, all to keep the fleet in good shape, with funds budgeted for a new car each year.
    Police Chief Gary Crosby said when the new car is purchased, a 2003 model with high mileage and in need of repairs will be phased out of the fleet.
    After the discussion, a motion to approve the police equipment was approved by all members.
    In other business, the council approved waiving garage sale permit fees for the citywide garage sales on Sept. 12, 13 and 14.
    The board also spent about 20 minutes in executive session to discuss negotiations with FOP Lodge No. 224, but took no action upon returning to open session.
    During the Tecumseh Utility Authority, the board resumed talks but ultimately tabled an item dealing with how water billing is now being done for a local apartment complex.
    Watch for updates.

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