Council votes not to discuss issue during ‘11-12 budget year
Before setting a list of goals, Indian Trail’s town council wanted to make one thing clear. There will be no discussions about creating a police department during the next year. By a unanimous vote Wednesday, March 30, the council agreed not to include a town police department in their budget talks.
“We have bigger fish to fry,” council member Darlene Luther said. “I have no interest in discussing it.”
The issue of a police department is one that has circulated throughout Indian Trail over the last two years, coming up as a point in the last election. “In my research, we can’t afford (a police department),” council member John Hullinger said. “People (just) want to see more of a presence in the neighborhoods.”
In the town survey released March 24, 74 percent of residents said they were satisfied with the current quality of local law enforcement. Residents said they felt the only changes needed was more visibility for law enforcement in the town’s neighborhoods, along with a strict enforcement of speed limits. Currently, Indian Trail has a contract with the Union County Sheriff’s Office.
“The survey results are pretty telling,” council member Gary D’Onofrio said. “It’s obvious the people are pretty happy.”
The only point of contention council members had was the fact the town doesn’t know how much the county will charge this year for deputies. Over the last five years, the cost to contract sheriff’s deputies has risen annually. Indian Trail currently contracts for 18 deputies. The contract expires in 2013.
Instead, during the goals workshop, the council set seven goals for the next year, including plans to repair town streets, develop an economic development plan, focus funding on town beautification programs, improve communication strategies with residents, work on resolving traffic congestion, develop festivals and events.