Councilman Greg Johnson Sr. suggested the first step in cutting back on crime in the city is to start with the inadequacy of the law enforcement.
“In order to get our city back, we need more of our police officers to step up and fulfill their duties. There should be no reason why we are still looking for a police chief when we have had several applicants,” he said.
“There should also be no reason why the current acting police chief has not been present at any recent board meeting we have had or sent a representative from the department if he could not be present.”
Councilman James Bolden offered that the town should implement time logs for each police officer.
“In the past, our police officers had to input the time and the location of the incident having occurred in a logbook to know where police officers are during their shift. The logbook would also contain names of the callers and the purpose of the calls made,” said Bolden.
Mayor Carey Estes agreed that the logbook was very effective until past police chief, David James, replaced it by inputting the times and locations of each officer himself.
Estes said that he would look into starting the logbook method again for police officers in the near future to help cut back on criminal activity in the city.
Former citizen Eugene Phillips attended the council meeting to offer suggestions that would help rebuild and restore “The City of Brotherly Love.”
“When I was a young boy, Rosedale was a place of many things. We had a movie theatre, grocery stores, parks, three hospitals and many more things to look forward to. Now, when I come home there is nothing to do. We need to reinvest in our community and lend a helping hand to restore what once was,” he said.
“I have a list of things here that could happen such as using government funding to make the Rosedale River Road State Park functional, replenish the abandoned buildings when you first enter the city and build a museum for tourist and others to see the good that came from Rosedale, like Midrette Netter Graves who competed and won gold in the 1968 Summer Olympics.”
Estes said he welcomed the ideas and some of things mentioned would be taken into consideration for development.
“We are looking forward to improving the city with some of these ideas. Recently we have sealed mostly if not all pot holes and paved each road with asphalt. We are also considering opening a tourist center sometime in the future,” he said.