CADIZ Police Chief Ryan McCann discussed the need for a new full-time patrolman at a recent village Council meeting.
McCann said the police department is using reserves to fill in for seven shifts a week.
"We've been struggling, relying on part-time employees with other jobs," McCann said.
Council approved a motion to allow McCann to begin searching for someone to fill the full-time position.
Council also approved a motion to purchase a police cruiser. They discussed equipment such as a radio that will need to be purchased for the vehicle, and agreed that all current police cruisers will remain in the department.
Council member Paul Coffland discussed buildings formerly owned by the Ohio Department of Transportation but now belong to the village.
Coffland suggested investigating the contents of the buildings to see if anything can be used by various departments, and also how the buildings themselves could be used or salvaged.
Council voted to allow Coffland to look into the matter and report his findings at the next meeting.
Coffland also gave a report on cemetery developments and said Jim Dowdle has been hired. He mentioned appreciation for voters who supported the cemetery maintenance renewal levies.
The park board met on Oct. 29 and arranged a rules committee to update rules at Sally Buffalo Park.
Rich Milleson gave a community improvement update and said he met with the owners of Boss Bison Ranch on Unionvale Road. They have opened a butchers shop and are awaiting a permit to sell prepared food.
For the first time in four years, a capital budget will be available to the village. Milleson encouraged council to meet with the Harrison County commissioners to discuss money that could be available for infrastructure improvements.
"It's important that a village, and a county, get behind one project that is good for the entire area," Milleson said.
The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 21.