County approves new vehicle for K9

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 January 2017 at 12:23 pm

ALBION – Otto, the new K9 dog for the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office, will be getting a new vehicle.

The County Legislature last week approved spending $50,192 for a new 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe from Joe Basil Chevrolet in Depew. The Legislature also approved buying two Tahoes for patrol vehicles for $101,824.

The Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 13 welcomed Otto, a German Shepherd from Holland. Otto works with Deputy Jeff Cole. The K9 is trained in tracking and will receive more training with Cole.

The dog will be useful for solving crimes, finding suspects and also for public relations. Otto will join Cole for patrols and for narcotics detection.

In other resolutions, the Legislature last week:

• Named Jerry Bentley, the Barre fire chief, a new deputy fire coordinator, replacing Marty Zwifka of Albion who is retiring after 20 years. Bentley will be paid $2,178 for the year.

• Authorized the Highway Superintendent to purchase four new pickup trucks – 2017 Chevrolet Silverados – from Joe Basil Chevrolet in Depew for $123,832.

• Approved spending $12,369 for a new road planer from Clark Equipment in West Fargo, ND, and $45,877 for a Ford F-550 utility truck from Van Bortel Ford in East Rochester. Both will be used by the Highway Department.

• Approved a five-year agreement between Sheriff’s Office and Taser International of Scottsdale, Arizona to buy and support 25 Premium X26P Tasers, at a total cost of $44,510.

• Authorized the Health Department to spend up to $100,000 for the human rabies vaccine for post-exposure treatment.

• Appointed Bruce Baker to the Orleans County Board of Health.

• Appointed Elaine Berg of Murray to the Orleans County Planning Board, term effective until Dec. 31, 2019, with Charles Felice of Murray to serve as the alternate.

• Approved allowing the Strawberry Festival Committee to use the Courthouse grounds for the annual Strawberry Festival on June 9-10.

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