Engineer’s report, update on injured officers, and the 2020 Census — all topics at short Batesville City Council meet

Article by Teisha Bagwell
White River Now

Short and to the point was the direction of the Batesville City Council meeting on Tuesday night with city business and presentations all wrapped up in under 30 minutes.

Police Chief Alan Cockrill gave an update on the officers injured in a December 2019 incident.

“I do want to give you an update on our injured officers. I’ve got two of them back, Jordan Atkins and Amber [Branscum] are both back. Brenda [Bittle] is still off,” said Cockrill.

During the report from City Engineer Damon Johnson, the council approved the acceptance of a bid to relocate utilities along a section of State Highway 106 due to road projects.

Johnson recommended the council award the bid to Harding Construction since their bid fit reasonably within the projected costs for the utility relocation project.

The final presentation of the meeting was from James Blaxton about the upcoming 2020 Census.

Blaxton briefly explained the new adaptations to this year’s census over previous.

The 2020 Census will not be only by mail, but can be completed online or by telephone and is available in over 50 languages.

Citizens should begin receiving information via mail about how to self-respond online for the 2020 Census around March 12.

The Batesville City Council will meet again in regular session on March 17 at 5:30 p.m. at the Batesville Municipal Building.

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