Plymouth PD still looking for new officer

PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth Police Depart-ment is still looking for a replacement for Officer Trent Shively, who announced his resignation last month.
Police chief Jim Cox announced at the board of public works and safety meeting Monday that the department had recently completed background checks on the three candidates they have for the position. It was found that one of the candidates had been involved in an underage drinking party in the past, and that when dealing with the Plymouth police, had became belligerent.
“We have tossed him,” said Cox, continuing that board members may now interview the remaining two candidates.
Board members agreed to interview the candidates in a private meeting at 4:30 p.m. July 11.
Also at the board of public works and safety meeting:
• A bid was accepted from Phend and Brown out of Milford, Ind. in the amount of $319,775 to complete the 2011 street and sidewalk projects. The project will repair pavement in the following areas: Baker St. east of the bridge, Fairfield Blvd. around Village Place, Hogarth St., Hillcreast Dr. at Westgate, the west half of Markley Dr., and the Markley/Shamrock intersection. City engineer Rick Gaul said that the expected completion date is 45 days from the beginning of the project, but that the project will not begin until the end of the construction strike.
• Gaul presented a plan to accept the water main and sewer line for the new Family Express store on S. Michigan St. into public domain. The cost will be $44,294 for water and $27, 544 for the sewer. The board decided to accept the storm sewer and water into the city utility department, and a motion to that effect was passed.
• Hurshel Hunter of the Plymouth FOP spoke with the board again about plans to bring the Little 500 race, which was a popular event more than 22 years ago, back to downtown Plymouth.
“My main concern is manpower,” said Mayor Mark Senter.
Hunter said that other cities that have done similar races (Martinsville, Ind., and Goodland, Ind.) have used either the football or baseball team to help set up the event.
Councilman Mike Delp also expressed concern about the insurance policy.
“We need to make sure we are covered on liability standpoints in every way, shape, and form,” said Delp.
Hunter assured the board that he wanted to organize the event in the right way and would not cut any corners.
“If I don’t feel comfortable, you won’t have to say no — I will,” said Hunter.
The board passed a motion giving Hunter approval to plan the event, but will withhold approval of the event until more information is found.