By ERIC SCHAADT
ARLINGTON — Arlington Council this week terminated its contract with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office to provide extra patrols in the village.
“Finances was the root of it,” Mayor Michael Palmer said of council’s decision.
For several years, Arlington has paid the sheriff’s office roughly $30,000 a year for designated patrol hours in the village. The contract for patrol hours will expire in November, according to Palmer.
During recent meetings, Arlington Council members have expressed concern that detailed reports from the sheriff’s office on its patrol activity were not available anymore.
Sheriff’s deputies used to regularly attend council sessions to address any concerns, according to village officials.
The sheriff’s office will still respond to calls in Arlington, according to village officials.
Separately, council hired Dean Glick to become the new street commissioner in Arlington, effective Sept. 12. An Arlington resident, Glick also will handle the duties of park commissioner.
He will replace Kyle Crist, who recently accepted another job, according to village officials.
According to Palmer, 14 people applied for the position and council interviewed seven candidates. Separately, council changed the hours for trick-or-treating on Oct. 27.
Trick or treat hours will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. that date.
Later hours had been held in past Halloweens.
The earlier time, according to village representatives, will allow for younger trick-or-treaters to get home sooner.
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