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Copley police upgrading firearms

10/10/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

Copley’s Police Department will trade in their old guns, the township Board of Trustees agreed at the Oct. 2 meeting.

The department will trade in their current firearms and magazines in order to purchase 35 new Smith and Wesson .45-caliber semi-automatic pistols, along with night sights, magazines and palm swells, as well as holsters. After trade in, they expect to spend $6,875, to be paid for with Law Enforcement Trust funds, according to Police Chief Michael Mier.

“The firearms we have now that each officer carries — the pistols — we’ve had for several years. Since that time, they’ve made several improvements. We have the older generation of pistols,” said Mier.

The new firearms can be affixed with lights, eliminating the need to carry flashlights in one hand and pistols in the other in dark or low lighting, the police chief added. The department’s current pistols aren’t able to accommodate lights, he said.

As such, trustees approved an additional purchase order that included the lights themselves, along with 15 optics and mounts for the rifles the department currently owns.

For 50 lights and the rifle accessories, the township will pay $21,770 out of Drug Law Enforcement funds, noted Mier.

The lights will be affixed onto the end of officers’ guns and can be turned on and off by touch, he added.

“All of this technology is enhancing officer safety,” said Mier.

Also at the meeting, trustees approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Summit County Public Health for storm water services from 2014 to 2018.

The county health district will do outfall screening and bacterial sampling as part of the township’s ongoing storm water program, according to Trustee Helen Humphrys.

The agreement with the county includes screening 60 outfalls and 30 bacteria samplings for around $3,650, said Trustee Scott Dressler.

In other business, trustees increased this year’s permanent appropriations by $185,000 to account for expenses related to the Southwest Summit Communications Center (SWSCOM), a joint dispatch center for fire and emergency management services with the cities of Barberton and Norton. At the beginning of the year, the township budgeted dispatch expenses for a six-month period, pending completion of the SWSCOM, according to trustees.

Another approved purchase at the meeting was for a hose for the township’s new fire truck, at a cost of $11,300.

The expense was included in this year’s capital budget, said Assistant Fire Chief Keith Moore. Most of the hose the Fire Department has is 15 to 20 years old, he added.

In other fiscal matters, Copley accepted $28,775 from the Summit County Fiscal Office as reimbursement for the Moving Ohio Forward program.

Planning Director Matt Springer reported that day was the deadline for contractors to submit quotes for the demolition of six more blighted homes to be razed through the program. The township plans to use three different contractors for this next round of demolitions, going with the lowest bids for each of the properties, said Springer. Lien searches are still being performed on the properties, and they should be coming down shortly, he added.

In other action, trustees:

  • approved a resolution declaring 1408 Milan Ave. a nuisance and to order the removal of vegetation and/or debris from the property. A certified letter was sent to the homeowner with no response, and the cleanup cost will be entered on the owner’s tax duplicate and become a lien on the property, trustees said;
  • adopted a resolution congratulating the Fairlawn Area Chamber of Commerce on its 50th anniversary;
  • appointed Bill Delaney as an alternate on the Zoning Commission;
  • approved purchasing a covered roll-off container for aluminum can recycling for Copley’s Recycle Center for $3,750, to be paid for by a ReWorks grant; and
  • approved a purchase order for $2,900 for tire hauling for the township’s annual tire recycling program.

Trustees also held an executive session to discuss compensation and hiring of personnel in the Police Department, and to consider discipline of two employees in the Fire Department. Following the closed-door portion of the meeting, trustees promoted Jason Chisar from part-time to full-time police officer, effective Oct. 12.

The board’s next meeting is set for Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. at the township offices, 1540 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.

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