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Council approves funds for park lights

LINDEN &8212; As work comes to a close on Scott Park, city workers will now turn their attention to Austin Park, council members said Tuesday.

One concern at Austin Park, according to Councilman William Curry, is adequate lighting. Curry later made a motion to approve $7,500 in city funds to George P. Austin Junior High School for lights at the park area. Council members answered his concerns by approving the funds for the project.

Council members also continued their discussion on options for cable television in the area. A representative from Mediacom is expected to come to council meeting in March to address the situation. In the meantime, the city will be meeting with other municipalities in the area to discuss their own likes and dislikes with the cable company.

Police Chief Scott McClure reported two new officers have been hired. Ronald Bright has already begun to work with the department and Johnny Braxton will begin shift work on Jan. 24. Both officers have worked with the department previously.

McClure said he is pleased at the additions, which will put the department at full staff level. McClure said he hopes having enough officers out on patrol will allow them to put more concentration on areas of concern in the city.

In other business, the council:

Approved opening bids for a new trash compactor.