The Brookfield City Council met in regular session last Tuesday, with all the members, Mayor Jack Forbes, City Manager Dave Hane, and City Clerk Dana Tarpening in attendance.
Mayor Forbes made two appointments to the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) Board: Phillip Sensenich and Tina Smith.
Under New Business, the Council passed an ordinance authorizing the City to execute a lease-purchase agreement with John Deere Credit for financing a mini-excavator. That piece of equipment was purchased for use at Rose Hill Cemetery.
In response to Brookfield Emergency Management Director Jamie Stallo’s dissatisfaction with the current reverse 911 service, the original provider has been terminated and an agreement with a new provider has been approved. The new system, “Code Red,” will hopefully get emergency messages to residents over land lines and registered cell phones more quickly and reliably.
The City of Brookfield has added three sections to the Personnel section of the City Code. Those amendments address harassment (sexual and otherwise) and distracted driving by those driving City vehicles. The primary concern has been texting while driving. Distracted driving policies for the police were already in place. The ban on texting while driving a City vehicle does not apply in an emergency situation or if a City employee is in the process of reporting a crime.