Dublin Council approves new council member, tax rate, K-9 Unit

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Former council member Bobby Mendez resigned from the Dublin City Council after being appointed interim Dublin Police Chief. || Jessie Horton photo

By JESSIE HORTON
TheFlashToday.com

DUBLIN (September 12, 2016) – While the Dublin City Council accepted the resignation of Darrell Curry, who at the time of his election was the youngest member of the council ever, member also appointed Cliff Jackson to the unexpired term in Ward 2.

Jackson was selected from three interested residents of Ward 2. He was raised in Lingleville, but now lives in Dublin with his family.

The city gained another new member during the council meeting with the approval of a request by Dublin Police Chief Michael Jennings to bring a K-9 Unit onto the force. The cost of the dog itself and the training and certification of the handler will be covered by a grant. Other costs incurred by the department will be covered in part by Dublin ISD, which is one of the main locations the dog will be used.

Jennings said the dog would be an invaluable resource within the department, used for everything from drug searches at the schools and on vehicles during stops to looking for lost humans in emergencies and numerous other things the animal will be trained for. The Dublin officer taking the K-9 training will be Officer Tim Hastings who has been with the department several years.

In other business, the council approved a new budget for the city and a tax rate for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Council members unanimously approved a tax rate of $1.1250, effectively a 1.5 percent cost of living increase.

Members also approved Alert Roofing for the new roof on City Hall; changes to drug testing policies; application of a Block Grant to lay another mile and a half of sewer lines within the city. The grant is an 85/15 split, meaning the city will pay $41,000 and the rest will be covered by the grant.

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