SALINEVILLE - With numerous positive changes in the village police department in recent months, village officials are asking voters to approve a 3-mill, five-year police levy on Nov. 6.
Expected to generate $33,200 annually, the levy would cost the owner of a $40,000 home about $36 per year.
In recent months, the village police department has seen a complete change in personnel, including a new chief, retired Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Terry McElroy, who has under taken an overhaul of the department and implemented an open door policy, inviting residents to stop in or call with their concerns and questions.
Cost cutting measures that have been implemented include making all officers part-time.
Since McElroy's hiring, numerous drug arrests have been made, and a spirit of cooperation has been forged between the village department, the county sheriff's department, state patrol and other police departments, officials have reported.