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|Council accepts bid, dismisses patrolman|
The Winnsboro City Council was quick to accept a lower than expected bid for sewer work at its regular meeting last week but took a little more time to dismiss a police officer from the city's police staff.
Major Jack Hammons was authorized to proceed with details to have low bidder G. D. Womack Tenching, Inc., of Harrisonburg, begin work on what is known as the Eighth Street Water System Improvements project. The Catahoula Parish company bid $104,545.50.
"This was considerably lower than the $150,000 estimate and because they are close by it saves them and us a lot of money," Hammons said.
Later in the session, Phaion Thomas was dismissed as a member of the police staff for failure to attain required firearm proficiency. Police Chief Lester Thomas made the recommendation to terminate Thomas.
Phaion Thomas told city council members, "This has nothing to do with my job performance, this is just personal.
"He continued that part of his inability to qualify with a hand held firearm was due to a lack of practice ammunition and the fact that he was not offered personal training.
"If you're going to terminate me, you need to terminate him (Chief Thomas) for not doing his job.. He did not train me," Phaion Thomas said.
During the discussion, a council member noted the city's insurance advisors had cautioned about increased liabilities because of non certified officers carrying weapons.
In other actions, the city agreed to apply for a $50,000 grant from the Community Water Enrichment Fund, which was established last year. The funds would be used to replace water main services from Eighth Street to Highway 15.
Bids will be advertised for replacing water mains on Jackson Street and service connections on Maple Street. Funding for that work is now held in reserve.