Montgomery Is Named New Cozad Police Chief At City Council Meeting

Returning to a prior post will be veteran officer Mark Montgomery of Cozad, as the new Cozad Police Chief that was approved by the City Council at their Monday night meeting.
Montgomery was formerly the Police Chief in Cozad and is excited to return to one of the best jobs he has ever had. “It was a great experience to work with the City of Cozad and within the 100th Meridian City,” stated Montgomery. “ Growing up I always wanted to be a police officer and can once again be living out that dream of being a police officer.” 
Montgomery has been involved in law enforcement for nearly 30 years and can’t wait to get started with his new appointment, that is slated to start on January 5th and fill-in during shifts that might need assistance until that point and time. 
There has been extensive discussion and research completed about the abuse of the Recycling Center that is along East Highway 30 by the Cozad City Council throughout the Fall. The City Council voted and unanimously approved the continuation of the current surveillance system at the Recycling Center partly due to the excessive cost of other surveillance options. 
The City Council also unanimously approved of the request by the Cozad Housing Authority that requested the waiving the In Lieu of Taxes payment for their fiscal year that ends in March of 2018. 
The Cozad Volunteer Fire Department will have three new members that applied and were approved by the City Council. Jason Schneider, Caleb Mulligan and Brenna Kort were all approved as new members of the Fire Department. 
Cozad Mayor Nancy Meyer appointed with no objections to the Wilson Public Library Board: Barb Fink and Val Geiger. Their terms will expire in December of 2020. Meyer also appointed Dawn Turner, Wendy Thome, Brenda Lambert and Stacy Evertson to the BID Board. The quartets terms will expire in December of 2019. 
Water Commissioner Dallas Nichols said that employees are currently working on replacing and fixing broken pipes from the recent frigid weather. 
Britt German as Light Commissioner updated the Council on the replacement of utility poles along 16th Street. German also discussed the future replacement of lights along Highway 30 and the Strip with more energy efficient LED lights. The Mayor and Council were in agreement with German about replacing a little at a time. 
Representing the Wilson Public Library, Laurie Yocom as the Librarian mentioned that Britt German and Mike Steinwart had been working on cutting the costs of lighting the library. German and Steinwart believe that the best solution is to replace the flourescent lights with LED lighting. 
Representing the Fire Department, Chief Dan Niles mentioned that they had been very busy lately and appreciate the assistance that they have received from the City of Cozad, especially during recent events. Niles felt that the City and Fire Department have really worked well together. 
Retiring Rescue Unit Chief Marlene Williams gave an update on new equipment that has been ordered and that training on the new equipment will be completed by certified personnel soon thereafter. Williams also gave praise to the City Council for their continued support of the Fire Department and Rescue Unit during her 33 years of Service. The City Council gave an even bigger thank you towards Williams for her years of excellence as a member of the Rescue Unit. 
The hired contractors hope to start the masonry work on the wall of the 100th Meridian Museum this week depending on the weather. 
The next regular scheduled meeting of the Cozad City Council is January 9th.   

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