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Boston trustees approve police contract with Peninsula

12/5/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Julia Kazar

After an executive session at the Nov. 27 meeting, the Boston Township Board of Trustees voted 2-1 to renew the township’s contract with the Peninsula Police Department and keep the coverage the same as it currently is.

Trustee Jerry Ritch cast the dissenting vote.

Trustees had four options to choose from when selecting police coverage for the 2014 year. They could select a different police department to contract with for police service or choose one of the three different proposals from the Peninsula Police Department, which included keeping the same amount of coverage currently provided, increasing the coverage during “prime hours” on nights and weekends or having 24-hours-a-day seven days-a-week coverage.

In other business before the executive session, trustees discussed the purchase of two new police radios.

At a previous meeting, Peninsula Mayor Doug Mayer, also Boston’s assistant zoning inspector, approached the trustees about purchasing new 800 MHz radios for police officers. Mayer told trustees the company was offering them a great deal on two car radios.

According to Mayer, the radios usually cost $2,500, but Boston could purchase them for just $600, a savings of more than 50 percent.

“We currently don’t have any radios that allow officers to communicate between cars,” Mayer told the trustees at the meeting. “These would allow us to do that.”

The trustees were given a bill for the radios at the meeting.

“What I want to know is why we have this bill, when we haven’t even taken a vote yet,” asked Trustee Amy Anderson.

“I thought that the last time we talked, because of the great deal we were getting, I could go ahead and make the purchase,” Mayer explained.

Anderson asked the trustees for a vote, and the purchase was approved 3-0.

Mayer said all the other emergency squads in the area use the same radios, and this will help Boston and Peninsula be connected, as well as in the event of an emergency.

The radios also will allow officers to remain out in the field more often, rather than sitting at their desk filling out paperwork. Now, they can just radio information back to the office and continue to patrol Boston and Peninsula.

Also during the meeting, trustees:

  • unanimously approved an agreement for a solid waste management plan with ReWorks for a recycling program; and
  • were informed by Mayer that progress continues to be made in clearing the Bob Pruitt land. While several vehicles still remain on the property, Pruitt has be able to lift them out of the mud and can move them now.

The next regular Boston Board of Trustees meeting will be Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the administrative offices at Boston Township Hall, located at the corner of Main Street and Riverview Road in Peninsula.

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