Cascade revisits police service rates

by Abby Lynn Harvey of The Review staff

CASCADE – Several months ago a new squad car was purchased for the Cascade Police Department.

The purchase and resulting raise in insurance premiums caused an increase in the billing rates for neighboring communities - the town of Lyndon and the villages of Adell and Waldo.

“[Police Chief Cory Roeseler] approached me and said that he had been getting a little feedback from the towns and villages that we serve,” Village President David Jaeckels said at Tuesday’s Village Board meeting.

“We did raise the rates this year. The reason that we did raise those rates was not for the personal expense but . . . for the squad and the extra cost on insurance,” Jaeckels continued.

While the raise in rates was for what was deemed by those in attendance a legitimate reason, the timing of the implementation of the rate increase was troublesome for affected municipalities.

“I apologize that we didn’t get that information to the town or the villages, but our budgeting cycles are all at the same time,” Jaeckels said. “So the town [of Lyndon] is sort of stuck now, they’re budgeted with certain amount and we had already raised the rates so Cory’s actually going to have less time in the field.”

Because the towns and villages served had budgeted with last year’s rates, many are now forced to stay within that budget, giving the police department less available hours for that service.

“I would suggest that if we were to go back to last year’s rates and stay with, them with the knowledge that we will the municipalities about the intended rise for next year to give them ample time to budget for it.

“I think that would be a nice neighborly response to the feedback that we got,” Jaeckels said. “We work together with our neighbors, we should keep it that way.”

Trustee Jim Larson agreed with the sentiment.

Also discussed by Roeseler and the board was the addition of a third officer to the department. Randy Haag will be joining the department to fill a vacant position.

Roeseler also brought to the board’s attention that the department has once again received a grant to use toward the purchase of police equipment. Last year the grant went to the purchase of a solar-powered speed sign located at the east end of town.

“I apply for these grants - we do a click-it or ticket-it, booze and belts, extra activities. All agencies that apply are thrown into a hat and drawn throughout the year and they usually pick about 100 or so,” Roeseler explained.

In the past speed signs, a light bar, a laser, radar units and the computer in the squad have been purchased with money from these grants.

“For anyone that has not heard, our police chief has a horseshoe in a certain place,” Jaeckels said jokingly of the department’s continued lucky streak.

It was decided that the grant money this year would be used to purchase another solar-powered speed sign to be placed on the west end of town.

Roeseler also asked for the board’s blessing to be more aggressive with the eviction process at HUD apartments, citing an extremely high number of disturbances in a few of these units.

The next meeting of the Cascade Village Board will be Tuesday April 8 at 7:30 p.m.

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