Immediate response by Eminence Fire & Rescue and city police stopped fire threat.

Immediate response by Eminence Fire & Rescue and city police stopped fire threat.

Less than an hour before the Eminence city council met on Jan. 9, the tones sounded for Eminence Fire & Rescue to respond to a fire reported across South Main Street from Valero gas station.

During the council meeting, Chief Steve Lucas reported that the fire department quickly extinguished the fire that started with a four-wheeler and spread to a couch, threatening a residence as the fire spread. Lucas thanked the Eminence police department for their quick response in providing traffic control to help the fire department gain control of the scene.

Lucas also reported that the department had 20 calls for service in December and expects that the department will receive up to $22,000 in grant funding to pay for equipment.

“We’ve only got one truck we’re paying for, and that’s what we’re using it (the grant) for,” he said.

Police Report

Eminence Police Chief Mike Wells also reported to council during the meeting on Jan. 9, which was noted during the meeting as National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

Wells reported that the police department received two grants in December: $11,599 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for Taser purchase and $1,000 from the Walmart Community Partnership for the police department’s Shop With A Cop program.

Wells informed council that department held its Shop With A Cop event on Dec. 17 at the Shelbyville Walmart.

“This year, we were fortunate enough to take 17 children, which were all who applied for it,” said Wells, adding that a letter written by a participant after the event expressed the appreciation that is growing for the program through the generosity that it provides those who need it the most during Christmas.

Mayor Fred Downey complimented Wells and the department for “what you guys have turned that (Shop With A Cop program) into.”

Chief Wells also provided the council with the department’s activity for December, including an uptick in the number of traffic stops (28) in addition to door-to-door business checks (32), “just to let the community know we’re out checking the business after hours.”

Additionally in December, Eminence police received 147 complaints, issued 12 written warnings, handled 11 criminal cases, received six domestic violence reports and 10 incident reports, and made five arrests with 12 charges filed.

Chief Wells also updated council on the progress for police department relocation from the facility off West Broadway to the much larger space provided by the new municipal building at the corner of South Penn St. and East Broadway.

“We’re getting really close and appreciate everything you’ve done with helping us go forward with this,” Chiefs Wells said to council and administration.