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By Megan Kennedy The Register-Herald

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Eaton City Council honored Lisa Floyd as the “employee of the year” during their Monday, March 17, meeting.

Members of Eaton City Council, congratulated Floyd, a utilities clerk with the city manager’s office, on her achievements in the year of 2013 and beyond. Floyd’s daily activities include collecting deposits from banks in the area, answering telephone calls, and training new employees. She has adapted well to new software, all while seemingly never complaining, according to her colleagues.

Floyd has been with the city for 14 years and has never utilized a sick day. “Utilities clerk, Lisa Floyd, a dedicated 14-year employee, is hereby honored as the City of Eaton’s 2013 Employee of the Year and be duly recognized for her achievements in making Eaton a better place to live,” read Mayor Gary Wagner in a proclamation. Met with applause, Floyd accepted the nomination.

“We really appreciate your work here … and good luck in the future,” said Mayor Wagner.

Also at the meeting, Eaton Police Chief Chad DePew spoke regarding the Eaton Police Division’s annual update. The division recognized three employees of the year, Tonya Hickman, Jonathan Price, and Pete Wray.

Sergeant Steve Hurd discussed the annual review of business checks, which include an officer checking businesses nightly to ensure the business is safe and secure. This includes checking windows, alarms, phone lines, ceiling tiles, etc. In 2013, 87 arrests were made in relation with business checks.

Sergeant Eric Beeghly discussed the force’s participation in Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) to ensure all dispatchers and officers are CIT certified. All involved also participated in Firearms and Active Shooter training, Defensive Tactics, and ASP training. Officers trained with teachers and students in a high school environment to practice active shooter situations in high schools which “gave them a good benefit, and also gave us a good benefit of having our adrenaline ramped up with the children screaming and so forth,” said Beeghly.

The Dayton Bomb Squad visited Eaton to practice C4 training, during which Chief DePew blew up a car. Three pounds of C4 were used in the activity.

The Police Division will also provide “go buckets” to local schools in case of an emergency. The buckets will contain rope, first aid supplies, and other tools. The buckets will be donated by local businesses.

The drug problem seen most in Eaton continues to be heroin, however, methamphetamine is still prevalent, according to DePew.

In other business:

  • Council approved the preliminary PUD for Eagle’s Point.
  • Council voted to amend section 191.05(a) regarding the return and payment of income taxes.
  • Council approved a resolution regarding the authorization of City Manager to execute a contract with the YMCA.
  • Council declined t0 purchase of the National Guard Storage Vehicle Compound, the abandoned armory. The Armory, built in 1911, would need extensive renovations and repairs, according to officials.

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