OAKLAND CITY — Oakland City Police Chief Tim Gaines is asking the community to keep an eye out for their neighbors following a series of breaking-and-entering incidents in town.
Gaines told the Oakland City Common Council this week that abandoned residences have been broken into recently. He said not all of them are on the blight program list, some are just unattended from people in the process of moving, or older residents who may now be in assisted living facilities.
Gaines said the department is working on the issue, and he would like the community to be vigilant.
“If it doesn’t look right, chances are it isn’t,” he said.
Gaines said officers would rather be called out for something that turns out to be a false alarm than for someone in the community to lose something dear to them.
One of the department vehicles is also in need of repairs to some cosmetic damage caused by a deer. The council authorized Gaines to have the repairs made.
The council also approved an amendment to the city salary ordinance, to reflect the correct pay for the police department.
Clerk-treasurer Susie Basham said the salaries for the police department were calculated on a previous year, and the ordinance did not show the correct amount. It is being corrected only to fix it in writing.
“Everyone has been paid properly,” Basham said.
Other businessRaymond Mills and Tracy Powers will attend auditor school in Terre Haute. The cost of the class is free, but the council agreed to pay costs for hotel, mileage and meals. Tracy Powers will attend validator school at a cost of $290 for the class and a certificate fee of $250. The council also approved to cover costs for hotel, mileage and meals.
Two water leaks on Division Street were taken care of by city workers.
The next council meeting is at 6 p.m. Jan. 28. Board of Works meets at 5:45 p.m.