VILLAGE COUNCIL Police crew to acquire new guns

Confiscated weapons will be traded to defray the cost for the department.
NEW MIDDLETOWN -- New Middletown Village Council authorized Police Chief Bill Morvay on Monday to trade in a variety of guns confiscated in past investigations toward the purchase of three new shotguns for the department.
Morvay said the dealer will give a $1,250 allowance, leaving the village to pay $143 for the shotguns. Morvay said that in addition to being more modern, the new shotguns are shorter and easier to fit in cruisers. He said the old ones would be retained for training, parades and other purposes.
He said the only options he has in disposing of confiscated weapons are to trade them or destroy them. He said they are not the type of weapons the department would use.
Other business
Also Monday, council:
UExtended the probationary period for Police Officer Brent Heffinger from one year to 18 months.
UAuthorized spending $600 to buy eight brackets for mounting air packs for firefighters because the old brackets do not fit the new air packs. The old brackets will be declared surplus so they can be sold.
USuspended the three-reading rule and adopted the National Incident Management System as requested by the Ohio Department of Public Safety. The system is part of a national effort to coordinate emergency responders. Fire Chief Bill Opsitnik said 75 percent of village personnel will have to complete training within the next six months.
UAgreed to purchase 37 cubic yards of fiber material for the park from Dave Williams Associates of Alliance for $787.
Morvay reported National Night Out will begin with a parade Aug. 2 in the village and continue with activities behind the municipal building at 7 p.m. with fireworks at 10 p.m.
Zoning Inspector Dale Miller said letters have been sent to residents with unacceptably high grass. He said only one warning will be issued before they are cited into Mayor's Court.
Mayor Robert Carson reported that the village library is expected to open in its new location in the former Heaven Sent store on state Route 170 in the early fall.
Morvay asked that residents refrain from using illegal fireworks over the Fourth of July and warned that his department will uphold the law on fireworks use.

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