Two council seats will be open this spring for anyone wishing to run for a position.

That was among the business during the regular weekly meeting of the Westville Town Council on Monday, Jan. 4 at 6 p.m. in the meeting room of Town Hall.

The filing will be Feb. 1-3, and the election will be April 6 for seats on the council. Rather than running by wards as many communities do, the two people with the most votes will fill the two seats.

Mayor Tony Barker was absent from the meeting while recovering from surgery.

Chief of Police Scott Mitchell requested permission to give employee December McDaniel a portion of his sick leave, since she has been off duty with COVID. The council approved his request and determined to look into changing the city policy regarding time off for COVID for the next meeting.

In his report to the council, Mitchell said the city had a total for the year of 378 arrests, 31 DUIs, 515 reports, and 99 domestic calls and 1989 calls. For December, he reported 23 arrests, 150 calls, seven domestic calls and 31 reports.

The fire department reported 16 calls for December, five motor vehicle accidents and five medical calls. One truck is in the shop getting seals repaired. The 3/4-ton Chevy donated by the Forestry Department will be returned, as it now costs more to repair than it is worth. The Forestry Department is looking for another vehicle they can donate.

Contractor for the library repairs requested half of the cash upfront to purchase supplies for the job.

Town Attorney Ralph Keen said it is not unusual for smaller companies to make such a request and recommended they provide a PO for the vendor that the town can track.

In regular business, minutes from the last meeting were approved, as were claims and the Notice of Election resolution.