Premont City Council allows police to sell weapons not in use

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, The Premont Journal

After reports from each department, the city council went straight into executive closed session to discuss insurance for City of Premont employees Tuesday evening.

About 25 minutes later at 7:46 p.m., the council re-opened and accepted the insurance PPO plan from representative Oscar Campos that will take effect on Oct. 1.

In other business, the council approved to allow the Premont Police Department to sell department weapons not in use by the department to law enforcement officers.

Police Chief Fidencio Hinojosa said that currently the department has five weapons that could be sold and the money could be put back into the forfeiture fund.

"Those are no longer being used and we can only sell them to law enforcement," Hinojosa said. "Officers from Premont get first choice."

Hinojosa said that the department recently purchased new weapons and the older weapons are not being utilized. He said the 45s would sell for about $200. He said the process would go through a reputable gun dealer to make the transaction legal with no liability to the city.

The agenda item to discuss and possible action on the policy of sick leave, the council voted to table the issue because the line item was worded, to pass a "resolution" instead of pass an "ordinance." The item will be discussed at the next meeting.

Also the council decided not to take any action on the topic of temporary employees and setting a pay rate. They discussed to take each case individually and follow the city's hiring process to determine the pay rate at the time a person is being hired.

The council approved to start advertising for a police officer to fill the vacancy. They discussed that they would advertise in the Premont Journal, the Falfurrias Fax and the Corpus Christi Caller Times. Deadline for applications is Oct. 5.

Once again, the council went into closed session to discuss chief of police's schedule and after 20 minutes reconvened and didn't take any action.

The next public city council meeting is scheduled for Oct. 2 at the Premont City Hall.