A Fairview Heights police officer was recognized at the Tuesday night meeting of the City Council as Patrolman of the Year for 2012.
Officer Nicholas Bullard, 23, joined the department at age 21 after starting with the department as a civilian aide when he was 20.
During his short time with the department, Bullard was nominated seven times as patrolman of the month and selected for that honor four times. During his time with the department, Bullard has made 35 felony arrests, 89 misdemeanor arrests, 40 driving under the influence arrests, issued 418 traffic citations, 722 traffic warnings and is the Neighborhood Expert Officer for the Fox Creek neighborhood.
Due to his outstanding work with the department and his leadership, Bullard was recently assigned to the TRACER hot-spot policing team with the department, according to Police Chief Nick Gailius.
In other council business, the council approved a resolution to allow the city to enter into a contract with Christ Brothers Asphalt Inc. for $135,763 to resurface Ludwig Drive from Illinois 159 to North Ruby Lane.
The council also voted to move ahead with plan to build a new fire station at 1406 Second Ave. The new 8,650-square-foot fire station would serve the French Village Fire Protection District if the plan is given final approval by the council.
During the time allowed for comments during the meeting, two residents read letters complaining about Ward 3 Alderwoman Pat Baeske. Both commenters, Chris King and Ron Battle, stated in their letters they felt harassed, threatened and intimidated by Baeske when they told her she could not place election campaign signs in their yards.
"I think you should resign your seat. I really do," King stated during the meeting.
After the meeting, when asked about the comments and allegations, Baeske said: "It's election season, and this kind of thing always happens during the election season."