Commissioners OK police contracts

By Cecilia Fox -

MIAMI COUNTY — On Tuesday, the Miami County Commissioners met and approved several contracts, including contracts for police protection.

The board approved contracts between the Miami County Sheriff’s Office and the villages of Bradford and Pleasant Hill for police protection.

The sheriff’s office will provide Bradford with protection 8.5 hours per day, seven days a week. The cost for this service is $7,081 per month, which reflects a 2 percent wage increase. The village also agreed to reimburse the county for fuel costs up to $7,500 a year.

Pleasant Hill will also be provided with 24 hours of protection each week. According to Sheriff Dave Duchak, that’s about 4 hours per day dedicated to the village.

“And then any emergency calls or other calls, we have beat units in that area,” he added.

The commissioners also authorized the purchase of a new tape library, a computer storage device, at a total cost of $12,046.

Failing robotics in current equipment are causing employees to have to manually reset the units. The new equipment will increase data transfer speeds and reduce the number of tapes used.

In other business, the commissioners accepted a grant in the amount of $3,000 from the Miami County Foundation. The grant will be used to buy three defibrillator units to be placed in the Safety Building, the Miami County Courthouse and the Hobart Center for County Government.

By Cecilia Fox

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