The Biggs City Council meeting had a packed audienceTuesday night as Gridley-Biggs Police Chief Dean Price introduced members of his force who have advanced with new titles.
Explaining that the advancement of Scott Smallwood to Lt., would mean a second in control dividing his responsibilities between the street patrol and administration.
"This allows us to focus more on standards, policy and risk management," Chief Price explained,
Lt. Smallwood stated he was honored to serve Biggs and Gridley and appreciates relationship he has with the two new corporals and detective as he trained all three.
Lt. Smallwood took over introductions from the Chief and introduced Corporal Tyler Johnson who also serves as K-9 expert. He and his wife Stephanie have two children and he graduated from Butte College Police Academy in 2010. Gridley-Biggs is his first agency, coming to work in October 2010. Corporal Johnson has been named Officer of the Year, and is considered a drug expert.
Next introduced was Corporal Joel Bassett who, like Lt. Smallwood was raised in Biggs, graduating from Biggs High School. Corporal Bassett has received Officer of the Year distinction and most recently has served as In-House Detective while also performing patrol duties. Also considered a drug expert, Corp. Bassett is currently working with the Biggs Schools for a gang assessment program which will include Richvale.
"This is a great program and kudos to these two Corporals for finding experts to come," Lt. Smallwood said.
Corp. Bassett and his wife Brittney live in Biggs and have one daughter.
Detective Alberto Rodriguez graduated from Las Plumas High and he and his wife Monica have two children. Described as a "great, bright light for us" by Lt. Smallwood, Detective Rodriguez graduated from the Butte College Academy in 2009 and hired by Gridley-Biggs in 2010. He served as school resource officer in Gridley and did a great job according to Lt. Smallwood until the program ended in 2013.
"This is his first assignment and will still work patrol for now. He will be doing both and already has cases. He is eager and he has big shoes to fill, replacing Bassett as Detective, but he is ready to handle it. His focus will be on gang suppression and wants to build a good relationship with social services on child abuse cases," Lt. Smallwood told Council members.
In other matters, a Conditional Use Permit was granted to Katrina Shampeau for a large day care facility at 487 C Street.
In what Councilman Roger Frith described as a "very modest increase," the Council unanimously voted to increase the refuse collection services by eight cents.
"We have to do this in order to stay solvent. The service now includes waste service to the City and valet service to the curb," Councilman Nate Wilkinson explained.
Just one protest letter was received by the City.
Council agreed to look into the current municipal code regarding a request for a massage therapist to locate in the commercial development district.
Mayor Angela Thompson told fellow Council members she feels the city could allow as many businesses as possible. Staff was instructed to bring back code options to be discussed at next Council meeting.