Board agrees to close police department

NEW RIEGEL — New Riegel Village Council met Tuesday evening to discuss plans with closing down the police station and to hear feedback on the new contract with the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office.

Council began with hearing the third reading and subsequent voting and passing on the ordinance allowing the village to disperse remaining police items left from closing the department. The ordinance passed, allowing council to take inventory of the items and make arrangements for the removal of remaining items.

The items in question included accepting a bid for $1,000 from the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office to purchase the 2004 Ford Crown Victoria police cruiser. Council voted to accept the bid and sell the cruiser to the sheriff. In addition, council voted to donate remaining items which included firearms, ammunition, uniforms, Teflon vests, stun guns, mace, computers and a breathalyzer apparatus to the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office as well.

Following the vote, the council discussed concerns and feedback on the contract with the sheriff for law enforcement. Some members expressed concern over the lack of interaction between sheriff’s deputies and community members, saying they would like to see a more personal approach. Other members said they had heard nothing but positive feedback.

In other news, Mayor Larry Bouillon shared the Seneca Regional Planning Commission’s new rules and by-laws. Members read and approved the new measures.

Council announced there are two seats opening up Jan. 1 for members whose terms are to expire. For information, contact Bouillon.

In other news, council:

• Honored a request from Cody Colebank for return of a trunk organizer in the village’s possession.

• Announced leaf pickup has begun in the village and will continue every Monday morning for the remainder of the season.

• Approved the initial purchase of five trees from Bob Sowers at $425 per tree to be planted this fall. Members agreed to purchase more at a later date.

• Voted to move $900 from the General Fund to the audit fee account to cover the auditing expense incurred under ordinance No. 2017-05.

• Heard trash pickup Sept. 30 was reported to be a success and agreed to book the same service for next year.

• Approved a request from Brett Mathias to allow his traveling baseball team use of the ball fields for team practices. The motion was passed with the inclusion of a signed insurance waiver.

• Noted the Halloween parade is at 2 p.m. Oct. 29. Lineup is to be at the Legion and trick-or-treat is to follow, ending by 4 p.m.

Council is to meet at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21.