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Police budget for new officers, training, car

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By Kristin Beck

The Carrollton Police Department preliminary budget reflects potentially two new officers, a new dispatcher and a new police vehicle, while the Code Enforcement preliminary budget stayed roughly the same.

The CPD salary line item decreased by about $14,500, reflecting the potential retirements of two command staff officers and the hiring of two entry-level officers.

The telecommunications salary increased by about $15,700 to reflect the potential retirement of one dispatcher and the hiring of two entry-level dispatchers.

Police Chief Mike Willhoite requested $28,934.24 for a 2013-2014 Ford Police Interceptor.

The base price is $22,739.24, plus $4,995 in attachments, including an emergency equipment package, spot lamp on the driver’s side, trunk storage vault with lockable door and reverse sensing system, according to a quote from Crossroads Ford Lincoln Inc. in Frankfort.

The police chief also requested $4,000 be added to the new equipment line item for two 42-inch flat screens for dispatch – one to replace the “obsolete” model currently monitoring the cameras around city hall and another to eventually monitor Point Park, Two Rivers Campground and the river walk. He got a quote Monday for $3,477.07 for both screens. Willhoite said the city would be taking advantage of a discount by purchasing the two together, and the city could budget for the new downtown cameras in the future.

The community programs line item, which originally had been set up for Shop with a Cop, was eliminated. Willhoite said the city could take it away because the city does not have to spend any money on the program anymore, due to the generous donations it receives. Items purchased for other community programs come from the crime prevention line item, he said.

The budget includes $5,000 for travel and training because recent-hire Bryant Hunger is still at the Department of Criminal Justice Training academy in Richmond, and the department will soon be sending a dispatcher to the academy, Willhoite said. The training and room is free, but the city must pay for transportation.

Councilman Dwight Louden questioned why Willhoite estimates he will spend $5,500 this fiscal year in firearms training when he has only spent $974.01 through Feb. 7, the date when the budgets were printed.

McMurry said the line item should actually read firearms/training because it includes funds for both.

Willhoite said he had been waiting to make his ammunition order, but it is scarce and high priced. So, for this year’s budget, he is going to schedule off-duty and back up weapons for everyone and purchase the ammunition in next fiscal year’s budget.

Councilman Robb Adams asked why none of the budgeted $900 had been spent yet for photography supplies. Willhoite said the department is in need of a new camera, but he is conservative with his budget throughout the year in case something comes up. If there is still money available at the end of the fiscal year, he will spend it on the camera.

The proposed police department budget totals $1,301,411 for the coming fiscal year.

 

Code Enforcement

The overall 2013-2014 code enforcement budget will be virtually the same from this fiscal year, increasing by only about $2,500.

The budget, presented by Code Enforcement Officer Scott Allnutt, reflects the 3 percent salary increase given to all city employees. It also includes $2,500 for gasoline and oil, up from a projected $1,100 this year. McMurry said he is getting ready to set up a schedule for Allnutt so that he is out traveling the streets more often and on a regular basis. Gas prices also are rising, the mayor noted.

The budget included $1,000 for travel and training. Allnutt said he must attend a conference for 12 hours of continuing education every year, and McMurry also recommends classes for him to attend from time to time. Allnutt said he has all of the certifications he needs to do his job.

The proposed code enforcement budget totals $62,919.