INDIAN TRAIL – After some in town flirted with the idea of forming a police force, Indian Trail has agreed to a new public safety contract with the Union County Sheriff’s Office.
The current five-year contract expires on June 30, at the end of the fiscal year. The town was in danger of being forced to find another source of protection – namely forming an Indian Trail Police Department – if a new contract wasn’t in place by July 1. But after some back and forth between the sheriff’s office and town officials, a majority of council voted over the weekend to approve a new, four-year contract for services.
“Citizens of Indian Trail certainly need to know we’ll be there for them, as we have in the past,” Sheriff Eddie Cathey said in regard to the new agreement. The contract will become official once Indian Trail leaders sign off on the document in the next few days.
“I’m happy that (negotiations) are over and we are moving forward with the sheriff’s office for another four years,” Indian Trail Councilman Chris King said. “There’s some changes in the contract to the benefit of the town… there’s a stronger partnership now between the town and sheriff’s office.”
The town pays around $1.8 million annually to the sheriff’s office for protection, which includes 21 deputies patrolling the rapidly growing town.