MANISTIQUE - Manistique City Council recently approved a resolution in support of a Taser grant project for the city's Department of Public Safety. The resolution was passed during a recent city council meeting.
In a letter to council, Public Safety Director Ken Golat said the department was looking to apply to the Michigan Township Participating Plan to obtain four Tasers and related equipment for officers in the department. A formal resolution of support from council was a required component for the grant request to the MTPP's Risk Reduction Grant Program, which has provided funding to other police agencies for Tasers. Golat said the Tasers would increase safety when necessary to use.
"It enhances the safety to both the officers and the suspects and it reduces injury and will bring possible violent conflict to a safe ending," he said.
According to his letter, the Tasers would be implemented into the police operations, as the number of incidents regarding the resisting of arrests and assaults on officers has increased significantly in the past several years. He said all Schoolcraft County law enforcement agencies - including Michigan State Police, Sault Tribal Police, the Schoolcraft County Sheriff's Department, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources - currently use Tasers and have used them in the past with no negative consequences.
"It is expected that the total amount of this project will be $8,236.37, with $5,367.95 being requested in grant funding from MTPP," said Golat. The remaining $2,868.42 would come from a combination of budgeted training funds and funding reserved for police expenditures which has been accrued from the public sale of abandoned bicycles in the last several years.
Council also approved sending the city's first of three forms to the Michigan Department of Treasury to comply with the state's Economic Vitality Incentive Program. According to Manistique City Manager Sheila Aldrich, this is the first step in the city receiving one of three portions of state revenue sharing that was taken away from municipalities two years ago.
"The first step is to provide transparency in our financials," she said. "We have had our financials readily available on the city's website at cityofmanistique.org since our 2010 audit was completed."
The form will now go to the state for review and approval. Step two of the process will be due in January. Aldrich said last year the city received approximately $99,000 for fulfilling all three steps of the EVIP, as the city used the same process last year to recoup some of their lost revenue.
"It worked well for us and we did get our $99,000 back last year, and we're hoping to do so again this year," said Aldrich.
In other business, council approved the purchase of a 2012 salt/plow truck for the Department of Public Works from Butch Truck & Trailer Specialties in the amount of $149,302.