Sylvania Township trustees have authorized initiating a K-9 unit for the township police department for a start-up cost of about $20,000.
The board unanimously approved the program at its Tuesday night meeting. It also unanimously approved engineering services for a new fuel depot, which will replace an existing structure at 4027 Holland-Sylvania Rd.
Police Chief Robert Boehme has spent several months researching a K-9 unit for the department.
The initial cost includes a dog, training sessions, and accessories for police vehicles. It is estimated to be $20,000 and will be paid from the Law Enforcement Trust Fund, made up of revenue seized during investigations. “It's also monies that we have to spend,” the chief said.
“We're not making a decision without funding on this,” township Trustee Neal Mahoney told the community audience of three citizens.
After assurance that all the funding was available, the measure passed unanimously.
Vetter Design Group was awarded a $9,400 contract to provide engineering services for the bidding process and for construction of a fuel depot.
“Fire station number one is the last fire station with fuel tanks. When we build a new one, it won't have fuel tanks," said township administrator John Zeitler.