WAYNESFIELD – Waynesfield Village Council members voted Friday to add a new officer to the local police force — a K-9.
After many councilors expressed uncertainty at a meeting Monday and tabled the issue, they evidently gathered the information they needed as the proposal from Police Chief Nathan Motter passed Friday with a unanimous vote.
“There was some concerns, but after reviewing it we all agreed that it was for the benefit of the community,” Councilor Howard Traucht said. “Nathan does a great job doing his homework and he got all the information he could — and it will not affect the community finances much except for a little bit of upfront money.
At Monday’s meeting, Motter told councilors that police K-9 training academy Von der Haus Gill in Wapakoneta had offered the village a trained drug-sniffing officer at the cost of $1,000. The cost typically is $15,000 for the training alone and that the offer gave the village a rare opportunity, Motter said.
Motter told councilors than in addition to the $1,000 cost for the training, there would be a cost of approximately $2,000 for an insert in the cruiser for housing the dog, approximately $200 for equipment, $40 a month for food and $1,000 per year in veterinary bills.
However, most of those costs have already been absorbed by other donations. Included in those donations was one from IPS, an electro-coated, powder-coated and nylon-coated parts manufacturing plant in the village. Motter has recruited K-9 units in past from out-of-town to search the facility.
“The plant has a zero tolerance policy for drugs,” Traucht said. “We can also use the dog for routine searches at the school.”
Motter will attend training for four weeks beginning in late August. He made the request for the K-9 unit after the offer was made for the animal. Motter told councilors that just since May 20, the village has been forced to rely on drug-sniffing K-9s from other departments 14 times for searches of vehicles. Of those 14, five arrests were made.
Another issue remained tabled after councilors discussed options.
Councilors elected to pay the premium for health care insurance for its employees for the month and will continue to review the issue until next month’s council meeting. Councilors were unpleased with the 26 percent increase in costs to keep the same coverage plan as introduced by their insurance agent, Beery Insurance,
“We want to continue to look over it and we have also inquired prices from another insurance company,” Traucht said. “This will buy us some more time.”