Boonville Police Department receives awards at council meeting

Chris Bowie
Boonville Daily News
The Boonville Police Department received several awards Monday night during the Boonville City Council Meeting. The Boonville Police Department had two incidences, where they saved the life of individuals. Receiving the awards were (left to right) Ptl. Courtland Ross, Sgt. Maggie Schanzmeyer, Cpl. Michael Moore, Ptl. Clinton Barger, Ptl. Taylor Werkmeister, Brandon Roberts, Rep. Time Taylor. Each of the officers and Mr. Roberts received the following awards: Boonville Police Department Lifesaving Medal, Sons of the American Revolution Lifesaving Award, House Resolution for Lifesaving Presented by Rep. Tim Taylor, and Meritorious Service Award from Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt. 

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At Monday’s Boonville City Council Meeting, the Boonville Police Department was presented several awards for going above and beyond while saving the life of individuals.

Boonville City Administrator Kate Fjell said members of the police department  received several awards, which included: Lifesaving Medals; Sons of the American Revolution Lifesaving Award; House Resolution for Lifesaving presented by Representative Tim Taylor; Meritorious Service Award from Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt; and a letter from Missouri Governor Mike Parson. 

Fjell said there were two separate incidences, one of which was in December, where four officers and a neighbor gained entry into a house that was on fire. She said a woman was unconscious and sleeping and the officers were able to get her out of the house safely. The other incident occurred when one of the patrolman was on patrol, and he provided CPR on a child that was not breathing. 

After the presentation to the officers, the board heard a second reading to authorize a lease financing to refund the city’s taxable certificates of participation (Build America Bonds) Series 2010B and Series 2013 certificates. 

The board also considered street closure and parking restriction request for St. Peter & Paul School Field Day on Tuesday, May 4, with a rain date of Thursday, May 6. Fjell said the board passed the request unanimously.

Also, the board approved to purchase two patrol vehicles for the Boonville Police Department at a cost of $32,000 per car. Fjell said the city will purchase the vehicles from Lou Fusz out of O’Fallon, Missouri. “We always buy two new cars every year for the police department, so basically, we have 12 cars in the police fleet,” Fjell said. “The new cars go on to the patrol vehicles, and they drive close to 300 miles every day, so by the time we cycle out six years later, we have several hundred thousand miles on the cars.”

In addition to the purchasing of two new cars, the board also consider a resolution approving an agreement with Remsel Corporation out of Columbia for Boone Point Sewer Extension. The project, which is slated to cost $63,000, will run from the Boone Point Subdivision through Rolling Hills park. Fjell said the extension will also connect the concession stand at Rolling Hills park to the sewer system. Fjell said once the contracts are approved and the pre-construction meetings are completed, the construction will probably begin in 4-6 weeks.

As for reports from standing committees, Fjell said the Police Board and the Planning and Zoning Commission were both canceled.

As for reports from city officials, Fjell said the board will have department heads come in during the next several meetings and talk for about 10 minutes in front of the council about their departments. She said they are doing this due to four council members being on the board for less than a year. “We are doing this for reacquaintance,” Fjell said.

The council also appointed various people that agreed to serve on committees during the meeting, which is standard every year.

Note: The Boonville City Pool will open on Memorial Day weekend. Fjell said the pool will be open seven days a week from 1-8 p.m. The budget set aside for the pool is $200,000, which includes staffing, chemicals and maintenance.