Christmas came early for the police department at the December 20th meeting of the Murfreesboro city council. Police Chief Glenn Chrisman was granted funds to purchase new automated license plate readers and pole cameras, gas masks, computer workstations for communications dispatch, and upgrades for the two-way radio infrastructure, as well as approval to proceed with renovations on the 3rd floor of the main police building and the special operations building. The Assistant Transportation Director took bids to purchase nine new 23-passenger buses, and Laura Beth Payne presented Read to Succeed's annual One Book selection for 2013; that selection is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. One public hearing was held, to amend 6.62 acres along Manchester Highway to Planned Residential Development District, and two more were scheduled, one to rezone 8 acres along Memorial Boulevard north of Cedar View Drive to Highway Commercial District, and the other to amend the Zoning Ordinance regarding flag signs. Those hearings have been scheduled for January 31st. And of course, the council also took time out of their meeting to remember the victims of last week’s Sandy Hook shooting, as well as a local fallen hero, officer Adam Pewitt.