BAZETTA Because levies failed, police schedule layoffs

Township trustees voted to put a police levy on the November ballot.
BAZETTA -- Because two police operating levies failed, the department plans layoffs.
And there will be another attempt to pass a police levy.
"We have to reduce services and manpower," Police Captain Charles Sayers told township trustees during their meeting Monday. "We are faced with having to trim $50,000 to maintain our budgetary limits," Sayers said.
"We are already working with a bare-minimum staff of one officer per shift. This is the same staffing as 20 years ago, even though our township has grown. If we cut back on staff now, we may have to leave shifts uncovered," he said.
November ballot: Trustees voted to put a five-year 0.6-mill renewal levy on the November ballot for police equipment. This will fund maintenance of facilities, firearm training and equipment upkeep.
The trustees warned that even if the levy passes, proceeds from it won't be collected until 2002.
"A levy in November won't completely heal our current financial problem," said Trustee Mike Piros. "In this fiscal emergency, the police department has made great strides in cutting back. By all rights we should have seen layoffs back in February, but we've been able to put it off."
They didn't detail layoff plans.
Field work: In other business, trustees approved $290 to complete work on the backstop of the baseball field closest to Imagination Station playground in the township park. The extra overhang should stop balls from landing in Imagination Station or near park visitors who are walking close to the field.
Trustees also approved paying $1,175 to Alexander's Pest Control of Warren for mosquito spraying of township roads and rights-of-way. Dates have not been set yet for the spraying but will be publicized, they said. Beekeepers should notify the trustees of hive locations so spraying won't be done near them.

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