CALUMET CITY | The City Council on Thursday approved hiring a new police officer and buying a dozen vehicles for the Police Department.
The council voted 5-0, with Aldermen Roger Munda of the 5th Ward and Nick Manousopoulos of the 6th Ward absent, to approve hiring Keith Bogdanovich as a new officer.
He will go on the city payroll effective Monday. He fills an opening for a patrol officer that was created when Dante Zorzi retired this summer as assistant chief. Several officers were promoted to new positions at the time, which ultimately created an opening in the ranks.
The council’s decision upholds the choice of the city’s Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, which met Oct. 23 and recommended Bogdanovich for the post.
Hiring by the Police Department is not yet complete. The fire and police commission informed the City Council in a memorandum Oct. 28 that it is “currently working” to fill two over-hire positions for the police, choosing from prospective officers who took the city’s examination earlier this year.
The police commission would not say when those over-hire spots would be filled, but said notification would be sent to the council when action is taken.
The City Council also approved spending $355,000 to buy 12 vehicles from Curry Motors.
The purchase includes six marked Ford Interceptor SUVs, three marked Interceptor sedans and three unmarked Ford Explorer SUVs. The purchase was recommended by the council’s Public Safety and Finance committees.
The purchase also will require another $100,000 to be spent at Miner Electronics and Roeda Signs so that all 12 vehicles can be retrofitted for law enforcement use.
Aldermen also approved an $18,105 purchase from Precision Cartridge Inc. for ammunition and targets for the Police Department.
In other business, 2nd Ward Alderman Magdalena “Leni” Wosczynski reported on the activity of the council’s Finance Committee, which met Wednesday. The committee reviewed proposed city tax levies for 2013 and recommended measures that will affect next year’s property tax bills.
Wosczynski said the committee recommended an operating levy of 1.29 percent with debt service of 5.7 percent, which would result in no increase in the share of local property taxes that goes to municipal government.
Wosczynski said the committee recommended a $100,000 reduction in the 2013 special service area tax levy.
The Finance Committee is scheduled to meet again Dec. 5, at which time it will take its final action on the levy, which would then go to the full City Council during December.