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Village looks to expand police garage

August 26, 2011
By J.T. Whitehouse
In a relatively short meeting on Aug. 16, Poland Village Council discussed a possible contract to expand the police/road department garage.

Poland Village Mayor Tim Sicafuse said the present building has two bays for vehicles, which include both the six police cruisers as well as the road department trucks and equipment. By expanding it and adding five more bays, the village vehicles will be able to be sheltered when not in use.

The plans for the expansion will involve zero tax dollars. Sicafuse said it will all come from drug arrest funds. He said when the Poland Village Police are involved in a drug bust, the money confiscated is divided up among the departments involved in the arrests. That money can then be used by the police departments to expand facilities, or buy new equipment or cruisers.

“The expansion will all be paid for through the drug money,” Sicafuse said.

The project has gone out to bid and several have come in, with a few more expected. Sicafuse said the bids will be opened and awarded in September and the project could start sometime in the fall.

While the expansion would not involve tax payer funds, council had approved putting the police levy renewal on this November’s ballot. The levy was originally approved by voters five years ago. It is a 1 mill levy that enabled the village to retain good police officers. Sicafuse said prior to that levy passing, several good officers had left Poland Village for higher wages with other departments in the area. After the levy was passed, it enabled the village to retain good officers. The issue will appear in November as a renewal of that levy from 2006.

In other business, the agenda had listed a person from Kravitz Deli and Angiuli Farm Market was to address council on setting up a farm market. Unfortunately, no one showed to address council.

Sicafuse said an attempt was made last year to set one up, but the property in question back then was not zoned for it. Sicafuse said they may have a spot picked out that has the right zoning.

“I don’t know why they didn’t show,” he said.



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