Laurinburg’s two newest police officers were installed at a ceremony during a city council meeting Monday night.
Phillip Shane Butler and Michael Ryan Walker were both sworn in as officers, with Mayor Tommy Parker administering the required oath.
Pledging to remain “alert and vigilant to enforce the criminal laws of this state” and to work using the best of their skill, abilities and judgment, the pair took turns placing their left hand on the Bible.
Parker credited interim Police Chief Kimothy Monroe with the idea of publicly swearing in new officers. Friends and families of the two officers crowded council chambers to witness the oaths.
“Our interim Chief wanted to do this and I concurred. It’s a good way to start our officers off, to install them in a public ceremony and give council a chance to meet them and for them to be shown to the public.” Turning to the newly sworn-in officers, Parker said that “you’ll both do a great job and we’re glad to have you.”
Also Monday, council went into an extended closed session to discuss confidential industrial issues. No action was taken at presstime.
In open session, council discussed an ongoing item concerning Holly Lane resident Mose Ladson. Because of how low his property is, Ladson is unable to connect to the Laurinburg sewer system without an additional pump.
Having had recent problems with his septic tank, he has asked the city for some assistance in the matter.
Last week, Council offered Ladson $550 toward the installation of a pump provided he agreed to pay ongoing sewer fees.
According to interim City Manager Harold Haywood, Ladson feels it would be in his best interest to install another septic tank. Ladson is interested in a new septic tank provided the city assists, as it is bound to per statute, with a not-to-exceed-once-yearly pumping of the tank.
Discussion was halted when it was announced by utilities officials at the meeting that a septic tank may not even be a possibility because of how close a new tank would be to Ladson’s water well.
Council instructed utilities officials to continue their negotiations with Ladson and to learn if a new septic tank is even an option.