Public works director Willie Earl Banks brought two employees forward for recognition at last week’s second November City of Quincy meeting.
“I want to thank them for a job well done,” said Banks. “Dillon Cox and Michael Williams are both Inmate Supervisors with the city, and Dillon is also a heavy equipment handler. We’ve had inmates working for Quincy every day and they were the supervisors while on contract with the city. They have always done everything they were asked.”
Banks went on to say, “An inmate a couple of weeks ago went into a Portolet and was in there too long. The supervisor knocked on the door, and after the inmate left, they went in and found cigarettes. They called their supervisor and then took the (Portolet) trailer to the landfill, where they found four cartons of cigarettes, two cell phones, 65 packages of K2 synthetic marijuana, two super glue packages, two packages of ten lighters, and four packs of electrical tape. This was one of the largest busts ever for an inmate supervisor. It had about $10,000 value in an institution, where a pack of cigarettes has a value of $100 and one cell phone is worth hundreds.”
Quincy commissioners joined Banks in praising the workers.
Fire chief Scott Haire briefed the commissioners on activities held during October’s Fire Prevention Month. Haire described a fire on January 4, 2011 in which two people died. That fire was turned over to the state fire marshal for investigation. “Most fire deaths could have been prevented,” said Haire.
“Kids came to the fire station for fire prevention talks. We handed out candy in plastic fire helmets. We talked with Scout Troop 201 and kids from the magnet school. We went to other schools and day cares. We gave fire extinguisher demonstrations. In all, we interacted with over 300 citizens during fire prevention month. Prevention is a big part of what we do,” said Chief Haire. Haire added that structure fires have gone down by about five each year because of the prevention discussions.
“We’re doing all we can to not have any more fire deaths,” said the chief. The fire department also offers smoke detectors at no cost to citizens. “Firefighters can either give one to citizens or install it for them,” said Haire.
The board approved an amended 2014 contract for OMI, its water and wastewater treatment facilities, operations and management company. “They’ve provided services to Quincy for 17 years. They’ve been doing a great job,” said utilities director Mike Wade, adding that the contract has only increased by about 10% over the past six years.
Commissioners voted to cancel the second December meeting that had been scheduled for December 24th.