City Council to vote on new police department agreement, new senior living facility


City Council is set to ratify a new agreement with Abilene Police Officers Association. The council will meet Thursday at 8:30 A.M. in an open to the public meeting.

This new agreement would give APD officers a 3% pay raise and allow for more flexible work schedules.

The agreement would shift officers work schedules from a 7 day work week to a 14 day work week. This allows for police to have 8, 10 and 12 hour shifts. This should be a more efficient use of the department's resources, with both money and manpower according to Larry Gilley, Abilene city manager.

"We think it will be much more efficient. It should be able to reduce overtime cost, and put more officers on the street when we need to have them there," Gilley said Monday morning.

There will also be a public hearing for the request to build a senior living facility on the site of the old 2121 apartments that burned down in 2003.

The new facility would be funded by a tax credit that was awarded to the Housing Authority.

City council is also asking any community member who will be attending the meeting to bring school supplies to donate to students in need.

If you want to donate, but can't make the meeting, you can drop the supplies off at city hall from 8 a.m till 5 p.m. on Thursday.