During a recent Ripley City Council meeting, Chief of Police Brad Anderson informed the council that Ronn, the new K-9 officer, would have his bulletproof vest and then some.

Thanks to donations from I-77 Auto Group and Thrasher Engineering, Ronn is covered for his bulletproof vest and several other items he will be needing to begin his career with the Ripley City Police Department.

Ronn has been assigned to partner with officer Ben Hart who will see to his daily needs as well as show him the ropes of law enforcement.

In other business:

• Council approved the previous meeting minutes as read.

• Financial statements were also approved by the council.

• Anderson reported on officer Skurupey’s status at the training academy, noting things are going well.

• Jim Mitchem reported the hydrant flushing was completed with no significant issues. Mitchem also noted an erosion issue that was temporarily stopped with some sand bags.

• Mayor Carolyn Rader thanked Mitchem, Matt Anderson, Jeremy Amos and crew, and the Francis Brothers for their help with the breech in the dam from the erosion. She noted a permanent fix is in the works.

• Matt Anderson reported that the sale of the city street sweeper, bucket truck, and dump truck brought in around $21,000.

• Rader recommended the approval of the following summer employees: Matthew Armstead, Dalton Fisher, Rocky Ford, Trenton Hilbert, Logan McKinney, Matthew Moore, and Brett Ramsey. Council approved the recommendation.

• Rader mentioned that Anthony Durback had requested approval from the council to take on a second job at Kroger three days a week while working at the garbage department. Council approved the request.

• Rader also noted that the city will be working with BAD buildings to determine what needs to be done with dilapidated structures.

• The Ripley City Park officially be opened on June 1. Opening ceremonies will last from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the new splash pad getting it first use. Students from Roane-Jackson Technical Center have been busy painting and staining tables at the park.

• Matthew Anderson recommended that Jamie Burton’s status with the water department be moved from probationary to permanent. Council approved the status change.

“You’ll not find a finer employee,” Anderson said.