Cascade police chief requests better records system

Rodney Schroeter
of The Review staff

CASCADE — Cascade Chief of Police Jason Liermann attended the Village Board meeting Tuesday evening. He asked the board to consider authorizing use of Spillman Flex, an advanced records and communication system used by Sheboygan County.

Spillman would give Cascade officers quick access to law enforcement records in the county, Liermann explained. An officer stopping someone in Cascade could check immediately if that person has history with the police elsewhere in the county.

Right now, Liermann said, he cannot access that information, unless he calls the Sheriff’s Department. Even then, information is not always available immediately.

Communication would be improved in the other direction, as well: police matters in Cascade would be visible to the rest of the county as it’s reported.

The system offers an efficient means to write up reports on car laptops. Reby cords are easily retrievable.

Further, the location of the Cascade squad car is monitored when Spillman is active. If an officer doesn’t respond, the car’s location will be known and assistance can be sent.

Liermann recommended the village’s Police Committee look at the feasibility of using Spillman. “From my understanding, [the cost] is really reasonable,” he said.

“I think that safety is the biggest thing,” commented Village President David Jaeckels. When he had previously discussed this system with Liermann, he’d considered this safety feature one of the system’s most important aspects. Other board members agreed.

“Safety is the biggest thing,” Liermann said. “Number two is just being able to access those records right away.”

The board unanimously approved authorizing Liermann to start the process to move toward use of the Spillman system, which would start in July. Between now and then, the Police Committee will work with Liermann on details and determine financing issues.

Liermann also requested being able to have the squad car serviced at the county’s service station as needed. The board approved this unanimously.

Harrison reported on progress ordering trees to replace those affected by the emerald ash borer. The village has received a total of $250 in donations toward new trees. Anyone wishing to donate money for trees can contact Village Clerk/Treasurer Kayla Simanovski at (920) 528-8642.

Harrison is investigating availability of grant money. The board unanimously passed a resolution to seek a cost-share grant from Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission.

Simanovski swore in the three reelected trustees: Gerald Hendrickson, Steve Green, and Jason Harrison.

Jaeckels distributed a list of committee appointments for the year.

The village has received complaints of noise from a wind generator. This was referred to the wind generator committee.

The board unanimously approved:

• Two operator’s licenses.

• Trustee Jim Larson’s building permits report. There were five, including one for a new home.

• Authorizing Jaeckels to sign a lease with the Fire Department for the land acquired for the planned new fire hall.

• A resolution adopting a new numbering system for the ordinance book.

The village Cleanup Day will be Saturday, May 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Residents wishing to have their yard waste, tree waste, or brush removed should have it at the curb, cut side or trunk side toward the street. It would be appreciated if residents with large amounts assisted with its pickup.

Open Book will be Friday, May 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. The Board of Review will be Tuesday, May 29, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Police report for the past month: Four complaints investigated (annual radar and laser certification; background check; truck route violations; assist sheriff with accident on State 57 and State 144); 10 property checks; no citations, warnings, arrests made, traffic accidents investigated, court appearances, or warrants.

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