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Friday, May 12, 2023

Mayor Pam Soseman spoke about the past City Council meeting

Mayor Pam Soseman spoke about the past City Council meeting

The Mayor gave insight into some hot topics that were discussed, passed, or tabled. She spoke on the City of Denison’s Police Department and the use of their body cameras. Soseman said the motion to approve new body cameras was passed. The body cameras will cost $65,008.98. 

In the agenda item, it is to be paid out over a period of five years. So we purchased body cameras four or five years ago. They are falling apart, we think it's vital to the police force that they have these cameras to protect them and whoever they're working with.” Soseman also spoke about the funding request submitted by the Children’s Imagination Station. She said that the funding would come from the American Rescue Plan Act. The funding request was not approved. “We were willing to donate some of our ARPA funds if they would do a match, and they declined to do a match, so we have not done that.” Soseman said that the Children’s Imagination Station is doing a fundraiser for playground equipment and asked that people support them in this project. The ordinance to amend Chapter 55 and 56 regarding Animal Protection and Control plus Dangerous Animal was not adopted. Soseman said that there are certain aspects of the amendment that would be hard for the police to patrol. “So we just need a lot of communication on the inside before we bring that back.” Soseman is looking forward to the unveiling of the new City logo and color scheme. “The Uptown Improvement Committee over three years has come up with a new color scheme. The same tagline 'It's a Wonderful Life', but they're going to put a twist on that. So you're going to see the colors that were worked up in the rebranding process. You're going to see some new banners go up.” She hopes to have the new banners up in time for the first night of the Hot Summer Nights series on May 25th from six to nine PM. 

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