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Glisson resigns from Bloomfield City Council

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By Dennis George

Saying that it is “time for me to make room for someone with the time and energy to devote to the job,” Jim Glisson has resigned his position on the Bloomfield City Council.

Mayor Rhonda Hagan read a letter from Glisson, dated Sept. 14, at Monday’s meeting.

“It has been a pleasure being a part of the Bloomfield City Council,” Glisson said. “I am proud of all that we have accomplished and I have no doubt the board will continue these successes in the future.”

Members of the council, while expressing their disappointment but understanding his reasoning, were effusive in their praise of Glisson, who has served on the council for three years.

“I hate to see him leave, but Bloomfield is better off because of him,” Councilman Denny Howard said.

The council wasted no time in announcing Glisson’s replacement, naming Chris Dudgeon to the position.

Dudgeon was at Monday’s meeting and told the council that he would have run for the post a year ago when there were not candidates on the ballot to fill all six council positions.

“We had been living here but still owned our house in Campbellsville,” he said. “I have the time to do the job and I love Bloomfield.”

Dudgeon, a native of Campbellsville, is a member of the management team at Jane Todd Crawford Hospital in Greensburg and the Casey Council Hospital in Liberty.

“I tend to hang out at Bart’s Mart and listen to all of the older guys talk about what is going on in the community,” he said. “I’m the type who likes to be involved in stuff and I always have free time to do something.”

New equipment for police cruisers

The council authorized Police Chief Scott Dennis to obtain quotes for installing computer equipment in the city’s two police cruisers.

Dennis and retired Bardstown Officer Tim Simpson told the council there are advantages to installing a computer and printer in the cars.

The chief said the system could provide a safety net for the officers.

“We will be able to check to see if someone has a concealed weapons permit,” he said.

“If we are going to be professional, we need to upgrade,” Dennis said. “With this system, we can bring up licenses that will show the person’s picture and see if they are telling the truth.”

He reminded the group he had recently pulled over a suspect who gave the name of someone else in his family.

“If I’d seen the picture, it would have saved me from chasing him down when he started running.”

Simpson estimated the total upfront costs to run between $12,825 and $15,000.

“You can’t just go to Walmart and buy any type of computer,” he said. “The officers will be able to access all kinds of information with this software.”

Dennis added that officers will also be able to instant message other officers instead of being routed through Nelson County dispatch.

“The dispatchers do a great job, but if there are several calls coming in, this would allow us to immediately talk to another officer. This is very good if there is an emergency.”

The installation of printers would allow officers to print reports while on the scene of an accident or even while driving to the stations.

“If there is an accident, you can have the report done before the wrecker even gets there,” Dennis said.

The city has budgeted $20,000 for police equipment for the fiscal year, but has yet to spend any of that money.

The council also authorized the officers to work more hours when necessary. They currently work up to 99 hours a month, but Dennis said there may be weeks they will spend more than 40 hours in training.

“It won’t cost the city any more in benefits or anything,” he said.

In other news:

• Hagan said the city will be updating its emergency disaster plan and expressed concern for the area around Creedside Apartments.

“There is only one way to get in there, and that could be a problem if there is a flood or a fire or some other type of emergency,” she said. “I think we need to look at another route to get in and out of there and put that on our project list.”

• Trick or treat hours in Bloomfield will be Oct. 31 from 5-8 p.m.