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Onalaska logoA number of items pertaining to the upcoming elections are on the agenda for a special called meeting of the Onalaska City Council at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Ordinance No. 417 Ordering the General Election on May 7 and Ordinance No. 418 Ordering the Special Called Election on May 7 will be reviewed and considered for approval. Following the Oct. 26 death of Mayor Chip Choate, Council Member and Mayor Pro-Tem Shirley Gilmore was appointed to serve the remainder of Choate’s term. However, the position will be on the ballot to be filled during the May 7 special called election.

Council will review and consider approval of an interlocal agreement between the City of Onalaska and Polk County to acquire the use of certain items of equipment and services of the county in compliance with the requirements of the Texas Election Code.

Interlocal agreements between the city and Onalaska ISD, as well as the city and the Polk County Fresh Water Supply District, for the purpose of conducting a joint election, will also be reviewed and considered for approval.

Council is expected to review and consider approval of updated policy department policies by replacing sections specified as follows: 1.1 Mission Value and Written Directive System; 1.2 Jurisdiction, Organization and Authority; 1.4 Inspections and Audits; 1.5 Mutual Aid; 1.6 Departmental Reports; 2.2 Bias Based Policing; 2.9 Mental Health Leave; 4.8 Reserve Officer Program; 6.1 Use of Force; 7.1 Prisoner Restraints; 7.11 Prisoner Transport; 7.13 Domestic Violence and Protective Orders; 7.3 Arrests with/without a Warrant; 7.3 Traffic Enforcement; 7.4 Search Incident to Arrest; 7.42 Eyewitness Identifications; 7.5 Vehicle Pursuits; 7.5 Search Warrant; and 12.1 Property and Evidence.

Council will review and consider approval of Resolution 2022-01 which is the City of Onalaska Personnel Policy and will also review and consider approval of Resolution 2022-02 authorizing Mayor Pro-Tem Shirley Gilmore to sign a non-exclusive license and service agreement with Local Government Solutions for municipal court software.

Council is expected to review and consider approval of Ordinance No. 416 Animal Control, amending Ordinance No. 394.

The 2022 holiday schedule will be reviewed and considered for approval and the 2021 Racial Profile Report will be accepted as presented.

Departmental reports will be presented on behalf of the police department, the fire department, the fire marshal/building inspector, the library and the city administrator.

Other items on the agenda include approval of the minutes, payment of vouchers and financial reports.

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