Newton City Council last week accepted a $7,994 quote for computers and software from Kemper Technology Consulting of Robinson.

The purchase is an upgrade to the City Treasurer’s office technology. The quote was recommended during a Finance Committee meeting prior to the start of the Oct. 15 regular city council meeting in Newton City Hall. The quote was approved with all city council members in attendance that night: Gayle Glumac, Eric Blake, David Brown, Larry Brooks, Marlene Harris, Robert Reisner and Mayor Mark Bolander. The council also voted to amend the agenda for the council meeting since the final figure on the quote was not available when the agenda was completed.

The council also agreed to pay hotel and registration fees of $1,353 for city economic director Amber Volk, who will attending a training at the 2019 National Rural Economic Developers Association next month in Kansas City, Missouri. The trip should provide information and contacts to help the city in the future on economic development.

The 208-19 Fiscal Year audit and Tax Increment Financing audit were accepted from Kemper CPA of Robinson. City Treasurer Melissa Brooks explained the auditors determined Newton had a “clean audit” without modifications needed.

The council accepted the resignation of Newton Police officer Marc Shamhart, who is accepting another job. A motion was then approved for advertising for full-time or part-time officers with law enforcement certification preferred. Councilman Brown wished Shamhart, who is leaving in good standing, well with his new job.

In other business, a $250 donation was approved for coats, hats and gloves for the Indiana Rail Road Santa Train coming to town at 9 a.m., Dec. 8, near Newton High School.

Dumpster reimbursements were approved for assisting with demolition of garages, located at 409 Sycamore St. and owned by Fred Bergbower, for $1,029, and a cost of $787 at 106 Wilson St. and owned by Marc Shamhart.

Special event applications were belatedly approved the Scare on the Square and Wade Fire Protection District Open House and Fire Prevention special events, both on Oct. 12. Some confusion on applications caused the late approvals.

City Clerk Rosie York said the council should consider approval of a fraud, waste and abuse prevention policy to assist with grant applications in the future. Though not mandated by state government, the city is seeking grants for the new advanced radio units for the police department.