NEWS

Aledo spring cleanup days announced

Cathy Decker/Staff reporter

The City of Aledo will host its curbside cleanup days in April, starting with the north side off Rte 17 during the week of April 4-8. Residents on that side of the city should have their items to be hauled away out on Monday.

Residents living south of Rte 17 will have their pickup during the week of April 11-15.

Millenium Waste gave the low bid of $8,500 for this year's cleanup, so the city council voted 5-3 on Monday, March 7, 2011, to have them do the hauling. There was some discussion about giving the bid to an in-town hauler, but their bid was higher.

Voting in favor of Millenium were Aldermen Richard Hunter, Randy Mattson and Robert Rillie. Voting "no" for hiring Millenium were Aldermen Terry Bewley, Michael Baugher and Tab Balmer. Alderman Rich Maynard voted to abstain, which counted as a yes vote.

APD Citizen's Academy

Acting Chief of Police Terry Dove reported that there will be a graduation ceremony for the first group that took part in the Aledo Police Department Citizen's Academy. The ceremony is set for 6 p.m on March 16 in City Council Chambers. "There were 11 graduates," he said.

The academy began on Jan. 19, 2011 and met for two hours every Wednesday for eight weeks.

There will be a guest speaker for the occasion -- William Albract, retired secret service agent. Albract's 25-year career included protecting seven presidents, numerous heads of state, including Pope John Paul II, Fidel Castro and the Queen of England. He served as team leader in the Counter Assault Team program.

Members receiving certificates for their participation include Cory Brown, Cheryl Engle, Delane Holmes, Preston King, Edith Mack, Becky Maynard, Tessa Parks, Debra Robinson, Sheree Silverwood, Paul Walker and Joshua Wiley.

The graduation ceremony is open to the public.