Charleston City Council members unanimously approved a reorganization of the city's police force that reduces the number of supervising officers during Monday's meeting.
Police Chief Brent Webster approached the city administration to recommend the reorganization, he said. City Manager David Molgaard said he "applauded" Webster for making the changes.
One captain position, two lieutenant positions and two sergeant positions will be eliminated, Webster said.
All of the changes will be made through attrition. No officer will lose his or her job.
The additional five positions will be added to the city's patrol division, Webster said. The move came as a result of the city eliminating 20 police positions over the past two years.
"This just makes sense," Webster said.
The addition will bring the number of patrol officers to 62, City Finance Director Joe Estep said in a previous interview.
The changes will also save the city $30,000 over the next year in salaries, Estep said. That money will be moved to the city's contingency fund.
One lieutenant position has already been eliminated through attrition when Lt. Duke Jordan retired in October.
Council also approved a $750,000 storm water system mapping project by a unanimous vote during Monday's meeting.
The project, which Storm Water Manager Tom Elkins hopes to begin in a few weeks, will encompass the mapping of the city's underground storm water drainage system. The project is the most labor-intensive portion of a long-term plan to improve the city's system, Elkins said.
Employees with Michael Baker Jr. Inc. will actually go into manholes to map the system, Elkins said.
This is a continuation of a project that began about a year and a half ago.
The company drove a sports utility vehicle equipped with a Light Detection and Ranging System to map all of the manholes, inlets and ditches in the city.
Workers will now move throughout the city, popping manhole covers and checking the condition of the pipes, Elkins said.
The city must map the system in its entirety, as well as all retention ponds. The project will help bring the city into compliance with environmental regulations dealing with build up of sediment in storm drains.
The $750,000 price tag is smaller than the $1 million that was originally projected, Elkins said. It could take six months to a year to complete.
The entire project was estimated to cost the city about $1.5 million. However, barring any unforeseen problems, the project should come in under budget at a little over $1 million, he said.