They applied for the grant and it was given through the local Walmart store.
City Manager Jeff Ellington directed the department to purchase its equipment through the local Walmart, if they had it available. All of it was either on hand, or the local store could get it quickly, he said.
Equipment purchased included:
• Three DMPS AR-15 .223/5.56 rifles at $597 each, total $1,791.
• Three MI gas block sights at $71 each, total $213. (Lt. Ron Benge, who was in charge of applying for the grant and picking out the equipment, said that these are front sights that mount on the gun. The gun does not come with front sights.)
• Two Advantage Arms .22 conversion kits at $240 each, total $480. This will allow officers to practice at the range using inexpensive .22 ammunition.
• One .50 ammo box, $9.
• One .30 ammo box, $7.
Approval was unanimous, and the council also gave Ellington approval to allow police to pursue other such grants in the future.
The council also approved abandonement of an unimproved alley off the west side of Titus St., and north of Lawrence St. and south of Smith Ave.
“It’s not there if you look for it,” Ellington told the council. It said the alley had been platted, but never built.
He said the 5-foot wide location went right through the drive-through window at Lori’s Eats and Sweets Restaurant, which fronts on Titus St. He said Lori’s wanted to expand, and her banker had advised her to ask the city to abandon it.
Approval was unanimous.
The council approved accepting a 50-percent match grant of $5,400 for routine maintenance at the Gilmer Municipal Airport. The grant will be used for sealing cracks on the runway, with the city providing $2,700.
The council turned down an offer to sell some city-owned mineral rights.
Ellington said he always advised cities to not sell their mineral rights.