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Lakemore gearing up for police department

4/20/2017 - South Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

LAKEMORE — Lakemore Village will have its own police department patrolling the village again this summer.

Village officials are putting the pieces together now so the department will officially be back in place by June.

At the April 17 meeting, Council heard first reading of several pieces of legislation establishing compensation rates for positions within the department.

In January, Council unanimously approved reinstating the police department, after being without its own department since 2009.

For the past eight years, the village contracted with Springfield Township for safety services provided by the Springfield Police Department.

Mayor Rick Justice has said it is an appropriate time to bring the department back, as the village no longer is in a state of fiscal emergency.

Lakemore has been given financial guidelines by the state to follow for operating its own police department, he has said.

Council heard first reading of a resolution amending an existing resolution regarding the Lakemore Police Department’s chief. The original resolution, approved in January, appointed Kenneth Ray as chief of police for the department. The amended resolution would establish Ray’s compensation. Ray will earn an annual salary of $55,000 or $28.85 per hour and will be eligible for full-time health insurance benefits after a 60-day probationary period, according to the proposed resolution amendment. If approved, the compensation will be in effect for the payroll date of June 2.

Council also introduced an ordinance that would establish the position of full-time sergeant for the police department. The legislation would establish the annual salary for the position at $52,000 or $25 an hour. According to the proposed ordinance, the position would include health insurance benefits following a 60-day probationary period.

Council additionally heard first reading of an ordinance that would establish the position of full-time police administrative assistant and the compensation for the position at $14 an hour. After a 60-day probationary period, this position would include health insurance.

Also, Council introduced legislation creating the position of part-time police patrolman at an hourly rate of $15 per hour.

Additionally at the regular meeting, Council authorized Fiscal Officer Tracy Fast to transfer funds, totaling $84,581, that have remained unclaimed for a period of five years to the General Fund, with a portion of the money to be used to address road issues in the village.

Also concerning the village’s roads, Councilman Chad Lance encouraged voters to support Lakemore’s ballot issue.

On the May 2 Primary/Special Election ballot, voters will see Issue 6, which, if approved, would increase Lakemore’s municipal income tax by 0.25 percent, going from 2 percent to 2.25 percent.

Lance said money generated through the increase would be used to fund capital improvements in the village, which would include addressing deteriorating roadways.

Additionally at the meeting, Council heard second reading of legislation to advertise for bids for village-owned property consisting of approximately 0.10 acre of land on Lakeside Drive. The resolution states the sale of the property would help promote economic development in the village.

In other news:

• Justice noted the annual Cleanup Lakemore Day is April 22, Earth Day, at 9 a.m., beginning at the Waterworks Park pavilion, and those participating are encouraged to bring garden tools, shovels and/or rakes.

• Council President Richard Cole announced the next food pantry at Lakemore United Methodist Church will be April 26.

• Councilwoman Anne Snyder said her last free art workshop for the school year, for children ages 5-12, will be May 9 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Lakemore Municipal Building, 1400 Main St.

• Councilwoman Tammie Coontz announced a pancake breakfast will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Memorial Day, May 29, at the Lakemore Fire Department.

• Councilwoman Laura Cochran said the annual parade for Memorial Day will take place May 29 beginning at 1 p.m., with more details to come.

The next regular Lakemore Village Council meeting will be May 1 at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Building.

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