By Joel Hall
The City of Morrow honored Lt. Bobby Mosteller of the Morrow Police Department for ten years of dedicated service, as well as moved forward with a crucial stage of its Morrow Station project Tuesday.
Mayor Jim Millirons entered into an agreement with Cooper and Co., General Contractors in Marietta, to begin the construction phase of the Liveable Centers Initiative parking deck. The deck is the second phase of Morrow Station, a mixed-use residential and commercial development the city is building across the street from the Georgia Archives on Highway 54.
The first phase of the project is a streetscape, said Morrow City Manager John Lampl, during a meeting of the city council.
"If you drive up into that area, you will see that we have the streetscape portion very much in motion," said Lampl. He noted it is 60 percent complete. "Then you put the parking deck in the corner, and it adds the next piece. We're well along with phase one, and phase two is on line."
Lampl said the third phase of the project -- which is still in the design stages -- is a pedestrian underpass, which will tunnel under Highway 54, allowing people to travel safely across the street.
Lampl added there are plans for additional residential, office, and light-retail development on the opposite side of Highway 54.
In other action, the mayor and Morrow Police Chief Jeff Baker presented Mosteller a pin for 10 years of service. Mosteller, a retired military officer and South Carolina native, served in the Army for 20 years, at military installations in Georgia, South Carolina, Hawaii and Korea.
During his military career, he served as an infantry soldier, a military police officer, a squad leader, a drill sergeant, and a kennel master in charge of search and attack dogs.
After retiring from the service, Mosteller completed police academy training in Columbus and was hired almost immediately by Morrow police. "It has worked out pretty well," he said. "I've really enjoyed the Morrow Police Department. It's got a little variety of everything. A police officer, who leaves here, has a wide knowledge and can work pretty much anywhere in the state."
Baker said that Mosteller is an "exemplary" officer, who provides leadership to other officers and is particularly involved in the community. Baker said that last year, Mosteller was presented awards for both 'Officer of the Quarter,' and 'Officer of the Year.'
"He's done a great job," said Baker. "He always goes above and beyond. His troops respect him, because he actually gets out there and works alongside them. He's very dedicated to the citizens here and the department."
Mosteller said he particularly enjoys working with youths and the elderly. Seven years after responding to a distress call of an elderly man whose wife was terminally ill with Alzheimer's disease, Mosteller still visits the man who is now 86 years-old and lives in a nursing home.
"He's solid," said Lampl in regards to Mosteller's consistent service. "He keeps people on task. In those slower times, you want to do property checks and make sure that your citizens are informed. He's very good at that, and that requires you to know the people who live here."
Mosteller said the most rewarding part of his job is putting youth offenders back on the right path. He said he talks to them just like he does with his three sons.
"I try to tell them what is right and wrong, and the consequences of each, and who they are hurting when they do wrong," he said.