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Edgewood Welcomes New Police Officer, Will Explore Privacy Fence Ordinance

John Overbey was sworn in Monday night as the newest Edgewood Police officer. 

He started in his new role on December 26 and was introduced at this week's council meeting - which was short because not all members were present due to the winter storm. 

Overbey joins Edgewood from the Elsmere Police Department where he had worked for nearly three years. It was joked that Elsmere Police Chief Tim Thames told Edgewood Police Chief Tony Kramer that Overbey was not a good choice - so that he wouldn't be hired away.

Thames said that he hated to see Overbey go but that he highly recommended him. City Attorney Frank Wichmann read the oath of office to Overbey.

In other business on Monday, City Administrator Brian Dehner brought up the city's fence ordinance, which he wanted to address during the winter because there is not a lot of fence work happening then.

The ordinance currently specifies that if residents want to erect privacy fences, the only kind they can build is a shadowbox, which is not a solid fence. Dehner, who also serves as the city's zoning administrator, said the ordinance is murky and he would like to clean it up.

Dehner said there are generally a lot of requests for privacy fences, and those requests are typically sent to the board of adjustment.

The issue will be addressed at a later date.

Additionally, council voted to reappoint Tom Lonneman to the board of adjustments for a four-year term.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor