FAIRLAND — Town of Fairland trustees voted unanimously on Thursday to begin advertizing for a new police chief.
The opening for a new chief comes off the heels of the board’s decision to affirm the police commissioner’s decision to fire William (Billy) Moore.
Moore is under investigation after allegedly being recorded on a Vinita Wal-Mart surveillance video passing four counterfeit bills.
The board also affirmed the commissioner’s decision to terminate Brandon Houston, a Fairland police officer.
Eric Wade, the community’s attorney, said Houston was dismissed on Nov. 11 for misconduct related to his employment. Wade said the dismissal was not related to Moore’s dismissal.
The board met in executive session for an hour and fifteen minutes to discuss police employment matters, a pending investigation and possible litigation to recover missing funds and or property.
In other town business, the board approved appointing Lisa Jewett to the Fairland Economic Development Authority Board and to establish a charitable account entitled “Operation Welcome Warmth.”
Trustees said the account would receive donations earmarked for a collection drive to provide coats, gloves and scarves to local children in need and other future charitable purposes.
The board also approved the purchase a $5,300 tractor and box blade for the Parks and Streets Department.
Trustees also approved $100 Christmas bonuses for 10 town employees.
The fire department reported that, during the month of November, 16 first-responder runs and three brush fires were logged.
During a meeting of the Fairland Public Works Authority, the board approved to advertise for bids to lease property for purposes of haying. The lease agreement is subject to approval by the town’s attorney.
Authority members also voted to clarify the scope of a wastewater treatment contract and announced $700,000 will be added to to the $2.18 million contact.
The additional expenses is for to reline two lagoons, which includes building an under-drain system, rock excavation and sludge removal.