Cassidy Martinez

Hopkinsville Police Department officer Cassidy Martinez has her police badge pinned by her husband Richard Martinez after being sworn in, in front of city council and the mayor.

The Hopkinsville City Council swore in new Hopkinsville Police Department officer Cassidy Martinez during May’s first city council meeting Tuesday night.

Before Mayor Wendell Lynch recited the oath to Martinez, HPD Chief Clayton Sumner gave the council a background on the 21-year-old officer.

Martinez, originally from New York, graduated from Christian County High School in 2017 and was hired as a Public Safety Officer for the department in April 2018.

After graduating from the Department of Criminal Justice Training Police Academy in Richmond, Kentucky and turning 21, she was hired as an officer, Sumner said.

Martinez will be working with senior police training officers within the department for the next six months and following her graduation from the internal program will be sent out on solo patrols, Sumner added.

Sumner also told the council that May 9-15 is Police Week. On Friday, May 14, the department will be hosting a cookout from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. at Peace Park to serve the community.

Sumner explained that this cookout was planned to reachout to a population that he felt was underserved, the homeless population.

During the event, the Christian County Health Department and Redeem and Restore will be there to assist in community outreach, providing HIV testing, vaccines and counseling services.

Sumner added that the event is meant for all members of the community and he hopes it will be a great event for building a stronger relationship with the people.

Council also heard from Hopkinsville Water Environment Authority CEO Derrick Watson who told the council of the awards the treatment facility won from the Kentucky Water and Wastewater Operators Association.

HWEA received special recognition from KWWOA for achieving 100% of turbidity goals for drinking water and Area-Wide Optimization Program for achieving 100% of turbidity goals for drinking water during 2020.

Watson invited several members of the HWEA team to the meeting and presented them to the council to show his appreciation of their service and teamwork in achieving those awards.

In other council news, Steve Bourne from the Community Development Services updated the council on the pit located at Country Club Lane and Lafayette Road.

Bourne explained that there are three pipes that lead to that location while there is only one pipe that drains the water from the pit.

Bourne also added that flooding still happens at the location because the discharge pipe is at a higher elevation than those leading in.

Councilmember Philip Brooks asked Bourne if the new walking bridge contributed to the flooding, in which Bourne said no and explained that the zone has always flooded.

He also showed the council a photo of flooding at the interaction from 1974.

Talking about the solution to the flooding in that area, Bourne told the council that CDS had contacted an engineering company to get a quote on a new pipe for drainage that would go under Country Club Lane.

Bourne said that the price for the new pipe was reasonable at $64,000 and that CDS would begin the process of getting that project in motion.

City council will meet in-person in council chambers for their next meeting on May 15 at 6 p.m.

The meeting will also be available to watch on the city’s Facebook page.

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