Medina village approves 2-year extension to provide school resource officer

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 28 August 2019 at 8:46 am

MEDINA – The Village Board has approved a two-year contract with the school district where the Medina Police Department will provide a resource officer.

The contract increases the amount paid to the village from $60,000 this past school year to $65,000 in 2019-20, and then $70,000 in 2020-21.

Medina police officer Corey Ambrose served as the school resource officer the past two years. This school year, Stephen Gross will be the resource officer.

The Medina contract is less than what other school districts pay for the service.

The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office is receiving $100,000 to provide a school resource officer in Lyndonville and Kendall. In Albion, the school district is paying the village $81,250 annually for an officer.

In other action at Monday’s Village Board meeting:

• The board approved borrowing up to $50,000 for a computer overhaul for the Police Department. That includes a new server and laptops.

• The board also agreed to have Martin Busch continue in a part-time role as code enforcement officer. Busch has retired after 24 years in the job. He has agreed to work in a limited role helping to review building plans and do some inspections. Busch will be paid $30 an hour. He is expected to work about three hours a week.

• The village is giving about 20 water customers until the end of October to have new water meters in place. More than 2,000 meters have been replaced with a new software installed for reading the meters.

But about 20 water customers have the old meters. Most of them need to make plumbing upgrades for the new meters because their pipes are corroded or brittle.

The village has been working to replace meters the past three years. The village is paying extra expense keeping the old software system for the 20 meters.

The board voted to give those customers until the end of October to have the meters replaced or else their water will be shut off.

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