Village Adds To Force

NEW KNOXVILLE — The village of New Knoxville will welcome two new additions to its police force, as councilors approved the hiring of two auxiliary officers Tuesday night at their regular meeting.

“This has been in the works for a couple months,” Mayor Keith Leffel said. “Eric (Morris), the police chief, came to us a few months back and floated the idea of bringing on a couple of auxiliary officers. These auxiliary officers would be no different than the auxiliary for the sheriff or the county, and other police departments use them.”

Leffel noted the auxiliary officers volunteer their time.

“You’ve got people who want and need to get some service in to get their hours in and keep their certification,” he said. “Eric thought it would be a really great idea if for us to bring some people in serving a capacity of hours that we don’t have coverage, and really the only thing that we’re out is we give them a uniform and we cover them with insurance. So, we’re actually not paying them. It’s not like they’re a part-time officer, they’re donating their time.”

To start, the village will welcome two auxiliary officers.

“We decided that we would bring on two people,” Leffel said. “One is a young kid just starting out and one works part-time in Minster already.”

In addition to helping patrol, the auxiliary officers will also help at local events.

“They’ll help out with a lot of things at the local festivals,” Leffel said.

Leffel said he believes the auxiliary officers will benefit the village.

“I think it’s a good thing, and I appreciate the initiative that Eric has done to set that up,” he said. “He’s coordinated with other villages and the sheriff’s office.”

In other business, councilors:

• Approved the July 10 meeting minutes.

• Approved the modified agenda.

• Approved a pay ordinance.

• Approved a motion to table the second reading of the cash reserve and the investment policy.

• Approved a beer permit for the firemen’s picnic.

• Approved, as an emergency, a resolution approving the alternate plan of distribution for the local government fund.

• Approved, as an emergency, the purchase of chicken dinner tickets for committee members and declared it a public proper purpose.

• Leffel noted a Streets and Sidewalks Committee meeting will be held in the near future to discuss how the village wants to spend the local government money it will receive in 2013.

The next regular meeting of the New Knoxville Village Council will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11 in the village administration building.