One for the books: Sycamore gets laser gun

By Jan Hoffbauer, Correspondent

SYCAMORE - Police Chief Jim Brezina received a $3,000 laser speed measuring device during the council meeting Tuesday evening.
Jim Everett, law enforcement liaison for the Governor's Highway Safety Office, presented the equipment to Brezina because of the police department's involvement with programs sponsored by the office.

"Out of 214 departments in the state that completed the reports, we have selected the top 20 in the state," said Everett.

April 25, Brezina and other officers from Sycamore are to join the other top departments in the state for the opportunity to win one of two Crown Victoria police cruisers. Everett said the state uses equipment as an incentive for promoting certain programs.

The Sycamore Police Department received this recognition from the reports and book it prepared for the state showing it support for programs such as the "Click it or Ticket" and "You Drink, You Drive, You Lose".

Brezina added the department is working on another book for this year.

In other matters, council member Dawn Needles said Ned Gregg has agreed to join the Community Improvement Corp., which is to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The other members are: Mayor Mike Tschanen; council members Dave Myers, Dawn Needles, Vicki Weininger; and community members Jerry Clinger, Dewayne Morrison and Doug Walton.

Councilman Gene Wyss asked about swimming pool managers for the summer. Because Weininger is a council member, she cannot be pool manager. Her position and that of Casey Tschanen are available. Applications are being accepted for pool managers and lifeguards.

Village Administrator Charles Clark asked council for approval to hire Dave Salucci to complete an income survey in the village. Council members approved having Salucci contact residents about their income so the village can apply for Community Development Block Grants. Salucci works for a community action commission serving Hancock, Hardin, Seneca and Wyandot counties.

Weininger told council members Steve Dunlap had contacted her about closing some of streets and parking classic cars for a car show in conjunction with a Danger Brothers concert June 17. Council members agreed to work with Dunlap and downtown businesses.

Members approved a mutual-aid agreement with AMP-Ohio. The agreement states what is expected of the village in case of an emergency and what AMP-Ohio would provide.

Tschanen gave the second reading of the annual appropriation for 2006.

Members talked about an auction of village items no longer needed. They are to coordinate the date with auctioneer Doug Walton when he has a local auction.

Council went into executive session to discuss the purchase or sale of property for public use.