Local business owner Mack Patel, owner of  Holiday Inn Express here, expressed concern about public safety and services during a public hearing concerning the Town's budget at the June 23 Town Council meeting.

 


Local business owner Mack Patel, owner of  Holiday Inn Express here, expressed concern about public safety and services during a public hearing concerning the Town's budget at the June 23 Town Council meeting.
A proposed budget cut will eliminate the position of dispatcher at the New Llano Police Department, which did not go over well with residents or business owners like Patel.
"I know [the] town is suffering with lack of funds but we just started a new business ... and we are concerned about police officers not having the right equipment to monitor our business," said Patel, whose Hampton Inn will break ground at 9 a.m. Friday June 25 in front of the Holiday Inn Express.
Police Chief Danny Hunt also voiced concerns about how is department would operate with no dispatcher.
"People in this town pay more now for anything than they ever have in the history of this town, and you're gonna sit back and tell them you're gonna take their services," he said.
The council defended its proposal.
"If we don't do something to get this [police department] out of the hole...we are not going to have anything," said councilwoman Carolyn Todd.
Despite the concerns, the Council adopted the budget amendment and will be operating under this revision for 11 of the 12 months of the 2010-2011 fiscal year. There will be a month of transition in order to work all the kinks out.
In other business, Fire Chief Kevin Yates announced the July 4th Celebration which will take place from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the New Llano Park.
Pan American Engineers also announced that the repair of streets in New Llano will begin soon, as well as the installation of new street lamps from the bridge in New Llano on U.S. 171 to La. 1211. More lamps are expected to be installed in future projects.