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Ticket-writing constables not embraced in Morrison
Members of the Morrison Board of Mayor and Aldermen are, front row, from left, Chris Farley and Sue Anderson. Back row, Travis Battles, Joe Hefner, and David Smith. Not pictured is Robert Dinwiddie.
The idea of constables writing citations to have motorists appear in Morrison Municipal Court didn’t go over well when presented Monday night to the Morrison Board of Mayor and Aldermen.Morrison city judge Ryan J. Moore said such a practice is already taking place in towns like Liberty, Alexandria and Watertown and he didn’t know if Morrison officials would be interested in pursuing the matter. He said in his conversations with some constables, he thought they were agreeable to issuing the citations as a way to improve public safety and slow down motorists.However, Morrison board members didn’t share Moore’s level of enthusiasm.“I don’t like it and to tell you the truth of it, I just don’t like constables,” said Morrison Alderman David Smith, who said he has experienced unpleasant run-ins with constables in the past.After Smith’s statement, the board moved on to other business and didn’t revisit the idea of constables writing citations.Morrison Mayor Sue Anderson believes the town is on the verge of receiving a Community Development Block Grant for up to $350,000. A grant representative is scheduled to be in Morrison on Friday to provide further details.“We’ve been rejected for this grant in the past, but it looks like we have a good shot of getting it this time,” said Anderson.The grant would be used to purchase $159,000 in fire department equipment.