Salineville police chief hopes extra patrols will prevent holiday crimes

SALINEVILLE — Police Chief Matt Devlin was given permission to hire another part-time officer to patrol town at night during the Christmas season.

Devlin was given permission at this week’s council meeting to hire Chase Askoures, who will be assigned to work the midnight shift on a rotating basis for the holiday season and hopefully beyond, depending on department finances.

“We’ll worry about it then,” Devlin said of the money to pay for the extra shift.

The police department provides coverage 16 hours a day, and the chief believes assigning someone to work the midnight shift during the holiday season will prevent burglaries that always seem to increase this time of year with people buying Christmas gifts and such.

In other meeting action:

–Council renewed its annual contract for fire services with the fire department. The contract is for $20,000, which is the same as this year.

–Council decided to pay off early the remaining $2,200 owed on a police cruiser to save on the 6 percent interest being charged.

–Councilman Brian Zaverl reported the abutment around the new bridge in the Mud Town section of state Route 39 has begun to wash out, and Mayor Linda Adams said she will contact the state.

–Adams reported they are still looking for anyone interested in filling the two vacancies on the board of public affairs. She asked for letters of interest, but none have been received to date. Adams suggested council begin asking around town if anyone is willing to serve.

–Council agreed to swap property with Creekside Springs, which will receive a section of hillside owned by the village. In exchange, Creekside will deed over property that will be used for parking by the fire department.

–Council authorized Devlin to get obtain bids for surveillance cameras to be placed at village hall and fire department.

–Council went into executive session with street supervisor Ralph Ross and Devlin to discuss possible compensation and disciplinary action. No action was taken when they returned into regular session.

–Christmas Light-Up Night is Dec. 2, starting with the parade starting at 5 p.m. A Fill-A-Cruiser event will be held at the Dollar General.