TransCanada is becoming a great help to the city of Ripley.

During the Ripley City Council meeting Tuesday, Oct. 16, Mayor Carolyn Rader discussed how much TransCanada has helped the community.

TransCanada Corporation is a major North American energy company, based in Calgary, Alberta, in Canada, that develops and operates energy infrastructure in North America. The company operates three core businesses – natural gas pipelines, liquids pipelines, and energy.

Rader expressed her thanks for the pipeliners.

“They are living here and spending their money here. They have been a joy to work with,” Rader said.

As a thank you, Rader presented Brittany Carns of TransCanada with a key to the City of Ripley.

TransCanada in turn, learning of the improvements being made to the city park, wanted to help. As a result, they decided to donate to the renovations by gifting the city of Ripley with $50,000 to be put toward the city park in any way that was needed.

“We feel welcome in this community. Mayor Rader and I really hit it off, and we wanted to do something to thank you for making us feel at home,” Carns said.

With the generous gift, new restroom facilities will be added to the park.

“We enjoy having you here and we hope you will consider staying for years to come,” Rader said.

In other business:

• Council approved the minutes from the previous meeting.

• Police Chief Bradley Anderson requested to hire Aaron Cullen as the new police officer for the city of Ripley beginning Nov. 1. Anderson requested to start Cullen at $11.50 an hour until completion of a six-month probationary period then to increase to $13 per hour. Council accepted and approved Anderson’s recommendation.

• Chief Water Operator Jim Mitchem reported on the water testing. He told the council that extra costs are due to extra chemicals and longer hours needed for testing large amounts of water.

• Doug Skeen told the council that the cameras for the city park were ordered from Alarm Pro as previously discussed and approved. He then noted the city received a $5,000 grant from the community foundation for fencing around the new tennis courts.

• Rader discussed a retirement letter received from Ray Curry with the garbage department. He will be retiring on Nov. 30 after 17 years of service to the city. Council accepted and approved Curry’s retirement request.

• Council discussed the B & O financial statements.

• Rader recommended Jim Mitchem be taken off probationary status and hired as full-time Chief Water Operator. Council accepted and approved Rader’s recommendation.

• Due to election issues on Nov. 6, council discussed moving the next council meeting to Tuesday, Oct. 30 and canceling the Nov. 6 meeting. Council accepted and approved the change.