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Presson Sworn In As Chief Of Police For Highland

By Stephanie Malench

The Highland City Council sworn in its first female police chief, Carole A. Presson as Chief of Police at its November 1 meeting in front of nearly 30 friends and family. The approved contract states that Presson will receive a base salary of $120,000.

Presson is a retired Lieutenant of Investigations from the Madison County Sheriff’s Department and is a doctoral candidate in Criminal Justice.

A notice of municipal letting and bids was approved for the sanitary sewer trunk main rehabilitation project. The estimated construction cost is $2.4 million for the three trunk mains for the collection system that receive the tributary mains and carry sewage directly to the plant and includes the rehabilitation of the pipe and associated manholes.

Both bids for purchase of a capacitor bank for the power plant were rejected for coming in well above the budgeted price for the project.

Two ordinances were passed declaring personal property of the city surplus and authorizing its sale or disposal including Highland EMS equipment and Highland Communications equipment.

A resolution was passed waiving competitive bidding requirements and authorizing the purchase of two Lucas Automatic Compression Systems from Stryker Medical for the EMS Department for $36,703.88.

The following special event applications were approved: the annual lighted Christmas parade by the Highland Chamber of Commerce on November 26 at 6:30 p.m. and the St. Paul School Winter Concert on the Square from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, December 5.

The City also was presented a donation from the Highland Jaycees for $1500 for the bags area in the Plaza Park Recreational Area.

The next meeting will be November 15 at 7 p.m. in the City Hall.

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