Bloomfield City Council reviews accomplishments of 2013

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By Jennifer Corbett

Members of the Bloomfield City Council reviewed a list of the city’s accomplishments in 2013 during a council meeting Monday night.

“We really had a good year in 2013,” said Mayor Rhonda Hagan.

Bloomfield’s list of accomplishments include saving more than $35,000 in payroll expenses for the Police Department. In 2013, the city switched from one fulltime police officer to two part-time officers.

The Police Department also received a donated police cruiser, which resulted in savings for the city.

“We spent less, but we got a car,” Hagan noted.

Other accomplishments the council discussed included improvements made to the Bloomfield Memorial Park, installation of a stop and speed limit sign on Cherokee Avenue, construction of a Safe Routes to School project, lowering speed limit in needed areas, adopted a resolution to aid county law enforcement officers in the event of an emergency and the construction of a forced main wastewater project, which included updating maintenance equipment, improvements and repairs to existing sewer lines and replacing a 1995 dump truck.

At the end of her report, Hagan said she couldn’t say enough good things about the city’s staff members.

“I think we have a lot to be thankful for,” she said.

In other news:

• The council discussed the possibility of distributing council minutes electronically, as opposed to printing off hard copies.

• Michael Walton and Chris Jones recently opened a dental office in Bloomfield.