The Caddo Mills Police Department may soon have a new chief.

The City Council met with Mike Russell at a closed Nov. 22 council meeting. Council members asked him to fill out an application for the interim chief of police position. Council members also said they wanted to do a “background check” on Russell.

Russell, 42, has worked as the chief of police for the Choctaw Nation in Durant, Okla., as a patrolman for the city of Durant for 15 years and as a patrolman for Calera, Okla. He said he’s also worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Caddo Mills has been without a full-time chief of police since the council voted to terminate former Chief Andy Lowen’s employment March 8.

The council also agreed to let Councilman Vic Summers pay $500 for a 40-yard roll off trash bin located on his property since he was not billed monthly for the dumpster from September 2004 through September 2005. Summers’ bill for that period was approximately $1,600.

“The city has paid $1,660.16 out of it, minus $1,090,” said City Administrator Manuel Leal.

Summers told the council that former City Secretary Ginger Hudson only gave him a flat rate for the large recepticle and he never received a monthly bill for it.

“I agree with the $354, but this $90 per month stuff I had no idea I was billed for. I was never told about a monthly fee. She talked to me once about it and said, ‘They’re going to start charging you extra for it if you don’t let it go,’” Summers said.

Leal replied that Summers should have been billed monthly for the dumpster.

“Well, you’d have to know that there was a fee for it,” Leal said.

Leal advised council members to ask City Attorney Andrew Messer questions about the issue. Messer advised the council to meet somewhere in the middle.

Councilman J.B. Long made the motion for Summers to pay $500.

“The fact that we didn’t bill him means that the city needs to eat it. Vic will pay $500, and the city will eat the rest,” Long said.

Summers abstained from voting on the issue.

No action was taken regarding a request from Bill Myre for wastewater for the Park Ridge development. The development consists of 1,090 lots, a school site, two shopping centers and several parks.

Leal said the city would go out for bids for the sewer package plant and a sewer line in May or June of 2006. The plant is expected to be completed in March 2007.

“That’s a long time,” Myre said. “We could be ready in seven months to put houses up.”

Leal responded “that’s a short amount of time.”

The council unanimously adopted the 2003 international building codes, which replaces the 2000 international building codes.

The council tabled action regarding appointing new members to the Economic Development Corp. and the EDC’s budget.

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