By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News
WARRIOR — The Warrior Police Department will have three new cruisers on hand this week, thanks to a loan taken out by the city council.
The loan for $50,000 was approved unanimously by the council in their regular meeting Monday. Though the term is for a full year, its actual length will be determined by when the federal government sends the city its share of proceeds from confiscated property in a drug bust.
The money has been due for some time, but the dealer supplying the cars needed to move on with the sale. The council decided to secure the loan, which will cover most of the $82,000 price for the three cars. Money from the general fund will make up the difference.
“We’ll be saving about $24,000 by doing this,” Mayor Johnny Ragland said.
In other business, the council tabled action on renewal of Charter Communications’ franchise agreement for providing cable television and broadband Internet service to the city. Council members put off approval until they determine of Charter will continue to provide free television service for Warrior schools and the community center; the contract presented by Charter did not mention that service.
The council also hired Amber Harris as a part-time dispatcher.
In the council’s pre-meeting work session, numerous paintings by local artists were displayed by Sandy Launius Mann. She and other artists painted scenes from the Lions Club calendar depicting historical Warrior. The proceeds from the sale of prints will go directly to the new Warrior Regional Library and Arts Center, while sales of the originals will also support the project to varying degrees.