PIEDMONT - The Piedmont Mayor and Council last week discussed hiring a compliance officer, after the issue was brought to their attention during the last government meeting.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
PIEDMONT - The Piedmont Mayor and Council last week discussed hiring a compliance officer, after the issue was brought to their attention during the last government meeting.
Council member Susie Clark said the duties of a compliance officer would be to “issue tickets for anything against the town’s ordinances,” and gave as an example those residents not complying with the leash law.
She also gave information of the compliance officer being employed on a part-time basis or as needed.
Because of certification standards, Clark said a police officer could also be a compliance officer.
Butler said if that was the case, the hiring of a compliance officer should be tabled until a police officer was placed in the community, and that person “could do both jobs.”
With no police officer now employed by Piedmont, mayor Ben Smith wanted to “give my thoughts” on this subject.
“I am not in favor of Piedmont paying Mineral County” for police coverage, Smith said.
He added, “Our citizens pay taxes,” and this could be setting a precedent for other small communities that have no police officer.
Betsy Rice, town clerk, said that paying the county officers was for “regular rotation of police protection.”
The council members agreed to place an item on the agenda for the next council meeting to advertise for a town police officer.
Preliminary discussion on the ad for a police officer showed a requirement of being certified to carry a weapon, go through a background check, with wages depending on present qualifications.
Smith said a part time or even two part time officers could work for Piedmont.
On a different subject, Rice brought up the need for security at the water plant, especially “while the construction work is ongoing.”
The decision on this matter involved any person or agency connected to the water plant construction process will have to sign up at the town building, providing such information as name, vehicle make, license number, company they work for, and employment identification number.
Tim Jackson, water plant supervisor, and town employee Eric Stowell were designated by the council to cover security procedures at the water plant.