By ERIC SCHAADT
ARLINGTON — Security measures to deter vandalism drew much of Arlington Council’s attention Monday.
Discussions with a Hancock County sheriff’s deputy may lead to the possible shifting of some patrol hours in the village.
Council is in the final month of a contract in which the sheriff’s office provides additional coverage in Arlington during designated hours.
Village officials had opted against renewing the annual $30,000 contract.
But a recent spate of vandalism at the village park has prompted village representatives during recent weeks to reconsider.
Reports of park vandalism are still under investigation, the sheriff’s office said Monday.
“A foot patrol is really needed as much as we can,” Councilman Terry Lynn Huffman said. “We certainly would like to see this (vandalism) come to an end.”
The sheriff’s office might try to adjust its patrols in the village in an attempt to catch the vandals.
One resident at the meeting expressed concern that news articles reporting that council was ending its contract with the sheriff’s office might encourage some “bad guys.”
Council’s Finance Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the municipal building to discuss the contract.
Separately, some council members expressed doubt about the opening of the community swimming pool next year, if a ballot issue to fund park and pool improvements is defeated today.
On the ballot is a 2-mill levy for five years that would raise $41,453 annually.
“I think it’s going to be a close vote,” Huffman said.
Councilman Brian Essinger said it would be “very difficult” to open the pool next season without more revenue.
The proposed levy would finance village park and pool upgrades. Needed repairs at the pool include sand filters, pool concrete and the pool house roof.
The Arlington swimming pool, like most other community pools, does not make a profit, village leaders said, and is subsidized by the general fund.
“Let’s hope for a positive election outcome,” Mayor Michael Palmer said.
In other business, council:
- Heard that the village Board of Public Affairs is looking into buying new water meters that can be read electronically.
- Was informed a storm tile was found broken on South Cumberland.
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