The Jacksonville Council, along with the Jacksonville Police Department, will honor Sgt. Randy Wilson, Sgt. Steven Markasky, Officer Quincy Hamilton and Officer Benton Brumit with a letter of commendation for their work during an Oct. 19 call regarding a six-hour standoff just outside the city limits.
The recognition will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, during the Jacksonville City Council meeting at City Hall.
According to information from JPD Captain Jason Price, the police department responded to a call for assistance from the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department and helped with a safe conclusion to the standoff with an armed, barricaded felony suspect.
“The suspect had fired multiple shots from a shotgun and a handgun at his neighbor then retreated into his own residence,” Price said in a report to the council.
JPD Lt. Chase Berryhill briefed Sheriff James Campbell about the situation, and then Berryhill and the other police officials assisted at the scene.
Berryhill wrote a commendation letter for the four members of the JPD for their role in the successful conclusion to the standoff.
Jacksonville ISD will also be honored as the “Employer of the Month,” and Jeshua Mathis will receive “Employee of the Month” honors during the meeting.
Also during the meeting, a public hearing will be held regarding a request for a special use permit allowing a communication tower at 303 E. Tena St.
Other items on the Tuesday agenda include:
Consider adopting an ordinance approving a new franchise agreement with Centerpoint Energy;
Consider a resolution casting votes for the Cherokee County Appraisal District Board;
Possible action to adopt a resolution of intent to issue certificates of obligation;
Possible action on a resolution suspending term limits on all council appointed board for a period of 12 months;
Consider a re-plat of Lots 9, 10, 11 and 12 of the Lake Jacksonville Concession area lease lots, west side subdivision; and
Consider establishing a Tourism Board and appointing Becky Hesterly, Haley Beasley, Brittian McKinney and Shannon Wilks as initial members.
Consent agenda items include:
Approval of minutes from the regular council meeting on Oct. 7 and an agenda workshop on Nov. 7;
Approval for the re-appointment of Dist. 2's Barry Autry and mayoral appointment Vickie Lough to the Lake Advisory Board;
Approve a certification of 2019 tax roll as submitted by the Cherokee County Appraisal District; and
Approval of a utility easement for Oncor on Lot 28 BK A, Rusk subdivision, Lake Jacksonville.
A closed executive session will be held to consult with attorneys, deliberate about real property and discuss applicants for the police chief position. The council will reconvene afterwards in open session if any action is necessary.