JOHN DAY - Work is progressing on the city's West End Water Project, John Day public works director Stan McKay reported to councilmembers at the Tuesday, Oct. 22, meeting of the John Day City Council.

McKay said that 1,200 feet of water pipe have been installed along with several valves and a fire hydrant.

"We completed the crossing at Gibson Avenue today," he said.

McKay further reported that approximately 50 percent of the excavation work at the reservoir site has been completed.

He told councilmembers that to produce bedding material from the excavation of the reservoir site, he leased a screening plant to separate materials. Mayor Roger Simonsen and McKay both complimented the public works department crew on the work they have completed so far.

"The crew is working very well together and has a great attitude," McKay said. He thanked Simonsen for all of his efforts in helping out at the job site on a daily basis.

In other business:

Police Chief Kent Wyatt was present at the meeting and announced that a new series of advertisements will be aired on radio station KJDY titled "Hometown Heroes."

This series will highlight different law enforcement officers who work in Grant County and detail what action that the officer has done.

The series is scheduled to begin in November.

Wyatt presented certificates of achievement to several officers for their efforts in recent months.

Sgt. Richard Tirico received certificates for his outstanding investigation in apprehending two separate sets of suspects involved in burglaries of local businesses, and for his efforts in developing, implementing and maintaining the John Day Police Department firearms and tactical training program, which benefits officers throughout Grant County.

Tirico also received recognition along with Officer Kevin Miller and Canine Officer Cody Weaver for their efforts and collaboration in the investigation of drug distribution in Grant County, which resulted in the arrests of several suspects.

Weaver also was given an award for his commitment in developing and maintaining the department's canine program.

Officer Tom Hutchison received awards for his efforts in arresting a group of suspects who were involved in numerous break-ins of vehicles in the downtown area, and for his work on an in-depth drug investigation, which involved the use of a confidential informant, and resulted in several arrests of significant drug distributors in the area.

Deputies Dwight DeFord and Cindy Tirico from the Grant County Sheriff's Department were given awards. DeFord was recognized for his efforts in designing, installing and repairing computer systems and Tirico for her assistance in the construction, set-up and coordination of the John Day Police Department's firearms program.

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