FAIRLAND – The town trustees unanimously approved a motion to begin advertising for a new police chief at a regular meeting Thursday.
The opening for a new police chief comes on the heels of the board’s decision to affirm the police commissioner’s decision to fire William (Billy) Moore.
Moore is under investigation after allegedly being caught on a Vinita Wal-Mart surveillance video passing four counterfeit bills while in uniform.
The board also affirmed the commissioner’s decision to terminate Officer Brandon Houston.
After the meeting, Eric Wade, the community’s attorney, said Houston was dismissed on November 11 for misconduct related to his employment. Wade said the dismissal was not related in any way to Moore’s dismissal.
The board met in executive session for an hour and fifteen minutes to discuss police employment matters including a pending investigation and possible litigation to recover missing funds and or property.
In other town business, the board approved appointing Lisa Jewett to the Fairland Economic Development Authority Board and established a charitable account entitled “Operation Welcome Warmth.”
The board said the account would receive donations earmarked for a coat drive to provide coats, gloves and scarves to local children in need and other future charitable purposes.
The board also approved $5,300 to purchase a tractor and a box blade for the Parks and Streets Department and $100 for 10 town employees Christmas bonuses.
The fire department reported that during the month of November there were 16 first responder runs and three brush fires.
During a meeting of the Fairland Public Works Authority the board approved a motion to advertise for bids to lease property for purposes of haying. The lease agreement is subject to approval by the town’s attorney.
The community also voted to clarify the scope of a wastewater treatment contract. The board announced $700,000 is in addition to the $2.18 million contact. The additional expense is for relining two lagoons, which includes building a under drain system, rock excavation and sludge removal.