Outside management audit of Cynthiana Police Department is complete

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By Becky Barnes

The management audit of the Cynthiana Police Department is complete.

“It’s rather lengthy,” said Commissioner Gary Brunker who called for the audit to be done by the  Southern Police Institute of the University of Louisville.

Brunker said that rather than prejudice the rest of the commission’s opinion, he prefer to  defer discussion until everyone had an opportunity to read the report.

“The audit team found a lot about the Cynthiana Police Department,” Brunker said.

He said members of the audit team reported that the city’s policies were in pretty good shape but needed some tweaking. However, he also noted that the report indicated that many of the policies are not being followed at all.

Brunker said since the public was involved in providing input for the audit, he would like to see it posted on the city’s website.

It will be available on the Cynthiana Democrat’s website Thursday.

In another matter, Cynthiana resident John Gross approached the commission about an issue in his neighborhood.

“The problem is drugs on our streets,” Gross told Cynthiana City Commissioners Tuesday night.

Gross, who lives near the Cynthiana Gymnastics Center, said that once the center closes, traffickers are drawn to the area and he has witnessed money and drugs changing hands.

Gross said he previously worked in security and knows the smell and appearance of certain drugs.

“I love Cynthiana; that’s why I came back,” he said. “Let’s put a stop to this.”

Gross suggested that children who are permitted to run the streets late at night should be dealt with as well.

In other business, the commission:

•Moved Maria Kuster-Collins from part-time telecommunicator to full-time.

•Opened a bid for a 2014 4-by-2 crew cab fire truck with pumper from Vogelpohl for $273,850. The bid was taken under advisement.

•Hired Leslie Mullet as an office assistant in the city clerk’s office.

•Heard Brunker advise that a national drug take-back awareness day is Saturday, Oct. 26. Cynthiana Police and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department will be accepting unused or out-dated medications at their offices. This effort keeps unwanted substances out of streams.

•Reminded citizens that trick-or-treat will be Thursday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m. for children 12 and under. 

•Noted that Harrison Memorial Hospital had issued a warning regarding a phone scam that has been circulating Harrison and neighboring counties. The caller ID shows the call as being from Harrison Memorial.

•Approved a work order with HDR Engineers not to exceed $3,000 for assistance with a South Main Street water project.

•Hired Michael Fuller as a meter reader/distribution system employee.

•Heard Commissioner Roger Slade announce that leaf pickup will begin Nov. 1 and will coincide with regular trash pickup days. Slade encouraged residents to bag their leaves and those will be picked up the same day they are placed at the back of the sidewalk.

He also asked that residents not rake leaves to the street because of the problems the leaves cause with the storm drains.

•Approved the dismissal of Jenny Crupper as an E911 telecommunicator.