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Trinity City SignBy Tony Farkas
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TRINITY — The city of Trinity has hired Daniel Kee as police chief, filling the position that had remained vacant for six months.

At its regular meeting on Thursday, Kee accepted his position following a lengthy closed session. He will be paid a salary of $52,000.

Prior to his hiring, Kee was serving as interim chief, replacing John Raiford who was not offered the position. Raiford was serving as interim after Steven Jones retired.

During the regular meeting, the council heard complaints from several residents regarding police procedures in the past few weeks; one woman complained about receiving a ticket for not removing a handicap placard from the rear-view mirror, and another woman who did not feel the department was moving fast enough on a case involving theft at her home.

Both incidents were addressed by Kee; Mayor Billy Goodin told the women, as well as the audience, that he and the council would not put themselves in a position to dictate what laws will be enforced and how.

In other business, the council:

•tabled action on a quote for culvert work on Jason Street to seek bids;

•approved a bid of $66,000 to replace sewer line on Emily Street;

•approved a bid of $39,000 to replace a paddlewheel at the wastewater treatment plant;

•approved the purchase of a chlorinator at $10,315 for the wastewater treatment plant;

•approved using County Treasurer Orrin Hargrave to set up investment policies and procedures; and

•approved recommendations from the Economic Development Board. The board will pay $6,200 for repairs to basketball goals and courts; $7,334.81 to repair fences at the city baseball complex; and an additional $10,000 for Christmas decorations.

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