A request from fire officials for $80,000 of equipment to operate the city’s new firetruck was highly scrutinized during a City Council meeting Monday, with the council ultimately deciding they need exact prices on each item.
A couple years ago, Atwater city leaders had trouble getting more than five people to show up to a town hall meeting, but they had the opposite problem Wednesday – there were hardly any seats left in the packed room of residents.
Less than a month after commissioners were selected to serve on Atwater’s newly formed “super” commission, which handles parks and recreation, planning and traffic issues, one commissioner resigned, leaving city officials looking at plans to fill his seat.
A code enforcement officer whose 15-year tenure with the city was marred by accusations of harassment and timesheet fraud was fired two days before Christmas – the second time city officials have terminated him in four years.
An Atwater police detective facing misdemeanor DUI and hit-and-run charges has been on paid administrative leave for more than a year, the Merced Sun-Star has learned, costing taxpayers in the cash-strapped city nearly $110,000 for the salary of an inactive employee.
At least four swastikas have been painted on Atwater streets over the past two weeks, leading some to believe it’s a response to the civil protests galvanized by the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two unarmed black men killed by white police officers.
A video posted on YouTube showing Buhach Colony High administrators pretending to be in combat with students from rival Atwater High – ending with the students being shot with a fake gun – drew sharp criticism from school district leaders Wednesday.
Atwater police officials released an investigation Monday detailing the events that led to the dismissal of a 14-year police volunteer, who was let go after driving a Police Activities League van while volunteer cadets handed out political fliers supporting three candidates.
Carports are popping up in front of countless Atwater homes and the issue is dividing some city residents. The city’s ordinance outlines specific requirements for the size, measurement and location of carports, but city officials said most carports don’t meet those standards – and don’t even have a building permit.
Katie Koehn is almost at a loss for words about what today’s Winter Wishes Rally at Buhach Colony High School means. Koehn, the Atwater school’s activities director, said more than 39 wishes will be granted to deserving students at today’s midday assembly in the gymnasium. It’s the third year the benevolence program has been observed.
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