By Benjamin Cohn
Woodfin – Michael Dykes, Woodfin’s Chief of Police, stood up and addressed those who attended Woodfin’s monthly meeting of the Board of Aldermen to acknowledge the town’s 2018 officer of the year Terry Miller.
“This is an award that is chosen by the colleagues here at the police department by anonymous ballot,” Dykes said. “I think the officers made an excellent choice for this year. Those who have not met Terry Miller, first talk to his son Matt.
“You get a picture of this cantankerous, old, just hard-headed guy and then you find out that this is one of the nicest, most caring gentlemen you’re gonna get,” Dykes said.
The chief reported that Miller had served with the Asheville Police Department and the arboretum before enlisting as a reserve officer for the Town of Woodfin. “His [Miller] level of service is just, is outstanding,” Dykes said.
Miller accepted his award graciously and gave a brief speech.
“I appreciate and was kinda shocked when I heard it,” Miller began. “I worked at, like I said, several departments and I have to say this is the best bunch that – well, all except one or two, maybe,” he said, laughing. “This is the best bunch of guys I have worked with. They’ll stick with you, and I appreciate that.”
Woodfin’s Board of Aldermen discussed motions to approve various expenditures and to reschedule April’s board meeting to the 23rd. The proposals were approved unanimously.
Chief Dykes gave a brief report of the previous month’s crime statistics, including the 692 dispatched events that occurred. Dykes said February’s call events increased from 604 last year. He said the 46 citations issued last month were “down a little bit from last year.”
Dykes then went over in great detail the department’s 2018 annual crime reports some of which the Tribune covered in earlier reports. One month last year saw a 40 percent increase in calls for service over the 2017 results.
Two residents, Harry Garfinkel and an unidentified woman, addressed the board during the public comments portion about wanting to volunteer his services in the gathering of bids to improve local roads like Verde Drive. The couple spoke at the February meeting about the same matter.
Town Administrator Jason Young apologized to the couple, saying there is a certain period that the town takes bids to do road repair work, and that the town is working to secure bids for the work.