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Dugger introduces new police vehicle, approves new alert system

The vehicle was parked in the Dugger Community Building gymnasium for residents to look at.

Dugger residents can soon look forward to notices for safety concerns and water issues in the town.

The Dugger Town Council approved the purchase of the REACH alert system that will call, text or email residents when there are issues in the town.

“It’s a nice service for the customers,” town attorney Richard Shagley said.

Shelburn recently started this program as well. The costs for the first year will be $390 and it will go up to $780 for the second year.

“There will be no increase in price for customers for the service,” Clerk-Treasurer Mendy Smith said.

Until the system is set-up, there is currently some low water pressure in the town.

“They painted the water tower,” Gene Talpas, the utility and maintenance worker for the town, said. “It will be this weekend probably until it goes back.”

The town also showed off the new 2015 Chevy Tahoe for the Dugger Town Marshal’s Office after the meeting. The vehicle is now equipped and ready for duty.

In other business:

·        The council had the first reading for an ordinance to make Fourth Street a one-way northbound from SR 54 to Monroe Street.

·        Several cemetery plots were purchased from the Dugger Cemetery.

·        The town is looking into new lights for the cemetery as the old ones are burning out and they can’t purchase bulbs for them anymore.

·        A tree that was complained about on Third Street was removed by the town since last month’s meeting.

·        Resident Larry Hall asked about the cameras the council agreed to look into for the town hall last month.

“It was brought up in the last meeting and not again,” Hall said.

Council member Sandi Stinson said she would look into getting bids for the project.

“I haven’t done anything, but we will get on it,” Stinson said.

“I’m not for cameras …” Council President Bill Pirtle said while Stinson finished speaking.

“You don’t make the decisions, do you?” Hall said back.

“I make a lot of them because I’m the only one at the office,” Pirtle said.

·        A representative for the Dugger Lions Club and the Dugger Legion Post asked for permission to close East Main Street for the Dugger Coal Festival on Oct. 3, 4 and 5. The council approved his request.

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