Kalida - Putnam Sentinel

KALIDA — At the start of Kalida’s village council held Wednesday, January 3, new members Logan Hanneman, John Hopkins and Patrick Trentman were sworn-in with returning council member Jason Birkemeier, who was later voted Council President. The group then joined their fellow council members and got down to business.

Council reviewed two quotes for a 2018 Ford Explorer SUV police cruiser along with the associated equipment installing costs. The first quote was from Statewide Ford Lincoln in Van Wert County, which would handle the installation of equipment, but would not accept the current cruiser as a trade-in. The second quote came from Lebanon Ford based near Dayton which contracts with Camp Safety out of Cincinnati to install equipment, and offered a trade-in value of $1,500 for the current cruiser.

Not all of the necessary equipment was included in Lebanon Ford’s quote, so a true comparison could not be made. However, during the ensuing discussion, council determined that Lebanon Ford’s final quote would likely not be much different from the quote offered by Statewide Ford Lincoln. In addition, should any repair work on the SUV or its equipment be needed, there is no service technician in the area for either Lebanon Ford or its equipment installer, Camp Safety. Whereas Statewide Ford Lincoln is located in the next county over.

The current police cruiser has been in service since early 2010, is approaching 100,000 miles, and operational issues have recently emerged. For the past two years, Gulker has pursued local safety grant money for purchasing a new police vehicle, but has not qualified due, in part, to the relatively high median income of Kalida residents.

According to Gulker, the current police cruiser was purchased with grant money through the Obama Administration’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Those funds are no longer available.

Following discussion, a motion to purchase the new police cruiser from Statewide Ford Lincoln and to sell the current cruiser as-is at the next county auction was passed.

Gulker also provided council with 2017 Kalida Police Department statistics. During the course of last year there were 352 total calls; 345 calls for service; seven recorded incidents (offenses that may involve filing charges, witness statements, solved or unsolved); six summons issued, arrests made, or charges filed through the prosecutor; four citations; 47 verbal or written traffic warnings issues; 896 business and school walkthroughs or security checks, both during and after hours, resulting in 124 doors unlocked or unsecured doors found; seven accidents handled; four assists with the fire department; 28 assists with EMS; 54 assists with other law enforcement agencies; 14 funeral escorts; and 11 golf cart inspections.