Holley eyes some upgrades to police building

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 2 January 2017 at 9:49 am

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HOLLEY – Repairs to the village police department building on Thomas Avenue will be $7,200, and the cost rises to $12,600 if drainage/parking lot work is figured in, Village Board members were told recently.

Dave Nenni, Department of Public Works superintendent, said the building needs work including replacing and re-pointing of brick, and window and gutter improvements.

Nenni said the work would be completed next summer. Additionally, Nenni discussed replacing the village’s decades old leaf sweeper. He noted the trucks are costly and it’s difficult to find a used one in good condition.

Because of their cost, municipalities, “usually keep them until they are shot,” Nenni said. He said it might be possible for the village to obtain a grant through the Clean Water Act to help cover some of the cost.

“We have to do something,” Nenni said, and noted he could look into purchasing a truck that would have additional functions such as street sweeping.

He said the equipment is an important part of the work of the DPW which ensures the community is kept clean.

“It’s part of the everyday stuff we do for a better community,” Nenni said.

Village Board members agreed Nenni should look into the cost and the opportunities that exist for grant funding.

Police Chief Roland Nenni reported to board members that staffing of the department is an ongoing struggle, particularly with part-time officers, however, the department’s two full-time officers are making a big difference.

“They are out there everyday,” Chief Nenni said. “They care about what they are doing and have raised the level of what we do here. The product we are putting out there is tremendous now.”

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