FALLS CITY – The Falls City City Council hired a new police officer and approved a water contract for service to Indian Cave State Park at its meeting Monday.
Police Chief Duane Armbruster said the hiring of Gloria Perez will bring the police department to full force with nine officers.
The police commission interviewed six applicants and chose Perez, who comes to Falls City from Omaha after working in a law enforcement role in Illinois. She will attend the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center in Grand Island this fall.
The city also gave its approval for the city water department to provide water wholesale to Rural Water District No. 2.
City commissioners were told the state is installing a water line to serve Indian Cave State Park and will getting the water from Falls City.
Falls City has storage capacity for 2 million gallons.
City Clerk Gary Jorn reported that the aquatic center has been filled and should be ready to go by Memorial Day weekend, although some boiler work is expected.
The city also approved a $4,000 contract to remove asbestos from a condemned house on Barada Street.
Jorn said a proposal for a new computer server and computer upgrades will be included in this year’s budget sessions.
The National Night Out event sponsored by Falls City Police Aug. 6-8 is being planned for Stanton Lake this year.
Councilwoman Judy Murphy will be attending the League of Municipalities accounting conference.
Murphy, a 10-year incumbent on the council, says she has always learns something from the conference.