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New squad car pulling in to Lakemore

2/7/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

LAKEMORE — Lakemore residents can expect to see a different police cruiser soon patrolling the village.

At a brief regular meeting Feb. 4, Lakemore Council authorized an agreement with FirstMerit Equipment Finance Inc. for the lease of a 2013 Dodge Charger Sedan.

Mayor Rick Justice said the Springfield Police Department will serve Lakemore in the new vehicle.

“It is a nice looking car,” he said. “I think we got a good deal on the lease.”

The total cost of the car is $33,330, said Fiscal Officer Tracy Fast said.

Lakemore would pay three equal, consecutive annual payments of about $11,466, which is 34.4 percent of the total costs associated with the lease, according to the approved agreement.

Upon the lease’s expiration, the village must purchase the police cruiser for $1, Fast said.

Council had been looking for a new patrol car for the village since last year, as it has been an ongoing need, Justice said.

Also during the meeting, Council approved appropriating money into the village’s Moving Ohio Forward Fund.

Lakemore just received a $147,000 grant from Summit County for the Moving Ohio Forward program that helps fund the demolition of blighted and abandoned properties, the mayor said.

Also during the meeting, Councilwoman Tammie Coontz asked residents to help the Fire Department by making sure snow is removed around the fire hydrants in the village.

Before the meeting’s close, Linda Denton, Volunteer Auxiliary Springfield Police coordinator, announced Hidden in Plain Sight, a drug awareness program, will be offered to the community Feb. 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Spring Hill Junior High School, 660 Lessig Ave.

She said participants will be able to look through a mock bedroom to locate 150 hidden drug-related items. Denton explained the educational experience will help guardians better detect if their teenagers could be part of drug activity. A one-hour Powerpoint presentation would be shown to explain how a child involved with drugs could act. She said the event is free to the public and only for adults.

Council will hold its next regular meeting Feb. 19, a day later than usual due to the Presidents’ Day holiday, at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 1400 Main St.

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