"I have enjoyed working for the citizens of Ash Flat since June 1, 2004, and will miss them as well as my fellow employees." These are the words written in the resignation letter from Ash Flat Chief of Police Mike Zeiger.
During the Ash Flat City Council meeting Nov. 17, the council announced the resignation of Zeiger. Zeiger said in his letter of resignation that he had been offered a position as an investigator for the Drug Task Force (DTF) and had accepted.
"I have been interested in the DTF for years and look forward to being able to target one specific aspect of crime," Zeiger wrote.
Zeiger said he wishes all of the employees the best and wishes to remain a friend to all. "There have been many a trial as well as triumph during my tenure as Chief of Police of Ash Flat," Zeiger wrote.
The letter stated that Zeiger will still be working hand in hand with the Ash Flat Police Department in the suppression of drugs. Zeiger's last day with the police department was Nov. 21. He will begin work with the DTF Dec. 1.
"Chief Zeiger has done a great job for us and he will be greatly missed," Ash Flat Mayor Danny Traw said.
During the October meeting the council discussed a new shop building for the road department to use. The council said they did not feel the estimate they received at the time was realistic and they would like to see a more complete estimate.
The new estimate the council reviewed at the November meeting excluded the price of the shop doors. The amount estimated for the building was $27,472.65. The council inquired as to why this was so much more than the previous estimate.
Gary Benton, Ash Flat street superintendent, said the estimate given in October did not include insulation, doors, lighting or electrical. Benton said the November estimate is complete, minus the doors because he was waiting on the price for them.
The council held a discussion about spending the money and they all agreed the street department needs a building, as it is very hard for them to repair their vehicles in the cold with no shelter. The council asked Benton if he could leave a few of the things included in the estimate off for now.
Benton and the council agreed the tool box and lift that were included in the estimate could wait. The council gave their approval for Benton to continue with the building, putting him on a budget of $24,000.
The council approved a resolution giving Charlotte Goodwin, recorder/treasurer, permission to destroy old city records. Goodwin told the council the city only has to keep records for eight years and they still have records dating back to 1969. It was agreed that Goodwin along with one witness would burn the records.
The council received a sign permit request for the new gas station, Mr Fuel. The council agreed the sign looks much better than before and approved the permit.
The council said they do not know when the new business, located next to Flash Market is due to open.
After meeting in executive session the council announced that they had agreed to hire a new police officer. Anthony Wiles was hired with a starting salary of $21,000. Wiles started work Nov. 19.
The council will meet in regular session again Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m.