In an end-of-June council meeting, the Town of Miami bestowed Distinguished Service Awards on town employees in appreciation and recognition of their work in responding to the imminent threat posed by the Telegraph Fire.
A proclamation announcing the awards lauded the Miami Police Department, Public Works Director Josh Derhammer and Supervisor Derrick Rust, Transit Dispatcher Vera Fisher and Driver Paul Roberts, Code Enforcement/Animal Control Officer Iris Bost, Miami Police Dispatch, Community Services Director Christine Duarte, Finance Director Maria Lopez and Town Clerk Karen Norris for their roles in assisting residents, fire responders and animal shelters.
The town council also voted to renew a contract with Miami Genesis for management and cleaning services at Bullion Plaza Gym. The contract had expired in 2019, and due to Covid-19 the Town was unable to renew it until last month. Miami Genesis wished to continue taking care of the building, but requested a 20 percent raise; the council approved that raise in their vote.
In other business, the council voted to table proposed updates to the Town Personnel Policy for a future meeting.