WAPELLO, Iowa —  A lack of accidents in Wapello will apparently prevent its city police department from obtaining computer software that would allow the department’s officers to access Iowa Department of Transportation licensing information directly from their squad cars.

Police Chief Wayne Crump told the city council Thursday there had been only three or four accidents in the city this year. The DOT requires a larger number of investigated accidents before it will release the software. Without the software, the officers cannot access the DOT system that contains information on the state’s car and driver’s licenses.

Crump said a $50,000 U.S. Department of Justice grant was used to purchase and install the computers in the city’s three squad cars earlier this year, and the same grant program funded the DOT’s software development. Council member Larry Wagg urged Mayor Ron Durbin to get involved to push for the equipment.

Crump also reported he had amended his earlier Department of Justice application to seek more funds to install additional video equipment at the jail. The original grant had also provided video cameras in the squad cars.

In other action, the council approved a $4,015 property tax rebate request submitted by Johnny B’s restaurant owners John and Joann Hess. The rebate was filed under an agreement signed by John Hess and the city last year.

Officials also announced the city will hold a Jan. 16 public meeting at the Briggs Civic Center to review proposals to construct a new city pool and a recreational trail.

In final action, the council set a Jan. 3 public hearing for a proposed FY 13 budget amendment of $2,147,347. The increased spending, which has been covered by grants and bonding, was for sewer and street work, warning sirens and other projects.

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