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Plymouth discusses Orfordville police patrol

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GINA R. HEINE
July 21, 2011
— Orfordville police could provide patrol in Plymouth Township focused on speeders if initial talks end in an intergovernmental agreement.

Plymouth Chairman Larry Harding has started the discussion with Orfordville Police Chief Dave Wickstrum and the village’s police commission to extend patrol into the township.


“We’re pretty small, but I’m sure we could make it work,” the chief said.


Plymouth residents at the town’s last annual meeting raised concerns about the number of speeders, Harding said.


“We don’t see the (Rock County sheriff’s) deputies out here much. There’s only so many deputies to go around,” he said.


An agreement with Orfordville could provide enforcement in the whole township, particularly in problem areas such as Plymouth Church Road, County H and stop signs in Hanover, he said.


An intergovernmental agreement would allow tickets to be processed through Orfordville municipal court.


Other municipalities have similar contracts, and Harding provided the police committee last week with copies.


Harding said it would be win-win for both partners because the police department could use the additional revenue.


“We’re almost to a point where just to exist … (we need to) find some ways to make some revenue,” Wickstrum said.


The department faces an $8,000 expense for radio equipment to meet the county’s technology upgrade next year.


“How do we make the money to do that? That’s the question,” Wickstrum said.


The department provides about half-time coverage in the village with two full-time officers and three part-timers. Wickstrum has applied for a grant that would pay for another officer, which would help with the additional coverage area.


Officials have not yet crunched the numbers on what it would cost for such an agreement.



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