Raymond Hires New Police Chief

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The village of Raymond welcomed a new face during the village board meeting held Monday evening, Dec. 7, as the new chief of police, Kenneth Eller, was sworn into his position.

The candidate was interviewed during the meeting and was later sworn in following executive session. Eller was previously employed with the department in 2010 to 2011.

A motion was made by Trustee Dan Hough to approve last month’s minutes with Trustee Bruce Poggenpohl seconding. 

All were in favor with Trustee Robert Pennock voting present.

The board would also make a motion to approve the 2021-2022 Tax Levy.

In other news, it was reported that Mayor Denny Held and the town board were invited to the Montgomery County Bicentennial event that is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. In addition, the Local CURE Support Program application has been submitted by Mayor Held and the board will wait for further information.

According to the street and alley department, the village’s seven-year-old backhoe is experiencing issues with its engine, including the throttle. The board received three estimates to fix the equipment, and they ranged from $2,500 to $3,700 due to no computer calibration. Since the backhoe has trade-in value, Trustee Poggenpohl suggested trading it in for a newer model as the old one will need new tires next year, as well as other potential work. He will contact the bidders and compare prices.

In water and sewer, Superintendent Rick Broaddus advised that the pump motor is installed, the pre-plumbing is hooked up, and footings are now poured for the new well house. He also reported that the clutch is out of the 1982 fire truck, and he will be seeking estimates to fix the issue.

As winter settles in, the phones, credit card machines and internet at Shoal Creek Golf Course have been vacationed until February.

Those in attendance were Mayor Denny Held, trustees Robert Pennock, Bruce Poggenpohl, Greg Bernhardt and Dan Hough, as well as Treasurer Sally Broaddus, Street and Alley Superintendent Mike Masten, Water and Sewer Superintendent Rick Broaddus and Kenneth Eller.

The meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.

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