The City of Level Plains declared January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month at its Dec. 17 meeting.
“And Whereas the first step in eliminating human trafficking is to educate others, we must work to ensure that all of our residents are aware of this problem and how to spot it,” City Clerk Heather Furniss read. “We must work together as a community so that human traffickers are punished and to protect and assist their victims. Through the vigilance and perseverance of our citizens, effective enforcement of justice will some day be a reality.”
The City Council unanimously voted to introduce Resolution 312, the proclamation, dispense with the rules of Resolution 312 and approve Resolution 312.
In other business, the council approved for Level Plains Police Chief Keith Gray to purchase a new police unit from the general fund in the amount of $9,995.
The council also approved the travel request for Gray, Mayor Bruce Grantham and Councilman Greg Eldridge to look at the police unit and bring it back to the city.
Grantham then told the council that two lots of land adjacent to the Level Plains Obetus J Waters Memorial Park was up for sale and asked for permission to buy the land.
He said that the land could be used for a well in the future if the city needs it and in the immediate future serve as further parking for events at the Level Plains Community Building, such as the upcoming presidential election.
“A mayor or council member in the future will thank us that they have this land,” Grantham said.
The council approved the purchase out of capital improvements in the amount of $12,000 plus closing costs and miscellaneous costs such as title search and title insurance.
The annual maintenance contract with Black Mountain Software was renewed for $4,114.
The next Level Plains City Council meeting will be Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. at Level Plains City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.