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Lawrenceville to have new police officer, new police car
LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrenceville has a new police officer, and a new police car.

Lawrenceville native Jacob Seed, 21, was introduced at Thursday's monthly meeting of the Lawrenceville City Council. Seed was sworn in at 10 a.m. this morning, as the newest member of the Lawrenceville Police Department.

His appointment means that the department is once again at full staff, according to LPD chief Jim White. With Seed working with Nick Earnst, the city will now have two officers on duty at all times, according to White.

Seed has been an employee of the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department for approximately one year. He will replace Kody Waggoner, who spent a little more than a year on the force, but has returned to the Vincennes Police Department.

In addition to the hiring of Seed, the council also approved spending $33,700 on a new patrol car. According to Mayor Don Wagner, $32,000 for the vehicle has been set aside, and the remaining $1,790 "will not be a problem."

The vehicle will be in use very soon, possibly today, according to White.

In another measure on Thursday, the council agreed two give two lots - a total of approximately seven acres - at the city's industrial park west of Lawrenceville to Bowler Transmission, so that it may construct a large new building.

In exchange, Bowler has agreed to go to much expense to bring broadband internet to the area. The move will benefit a nearby industry, Kaufman Industries, according to the mayor, as well as the Lawrenceville-Vincennes Municipal Airport.

In other business on Thursday:

• Wagner delivered his annual "State of the City" address. The full text of the address appears on Page 2 of today's newspaper.

• The council heard a lengthy presentation from Zane Parrott, representing Parrott Realty, which is assisting the bankrupt United Methodist Village with the upcoming auction of housing units and other assets.

• The council unanimously approved spending $9,000 on sewer plant controls.

• The council approved a $500 stipend to Kids Shopping Day of Lawrence County.

• The council approved donating five season passes to the swimming pool in Lawrenceville City Park to the LHS Class of 2021 for its after-prom party.

• Wagner reported that the city is seeking a grant for a new swimming pool. He noted that a grant of $300,000 may be available for "an indoor pool."

• The next meeting of the Lawrenceville City Council is set for 7 p.m., March 12.


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