Police Grant Endangered

October 16, 1991

SYKESVILLE — Mayor Lloyd R. Helt Jr. told the Town Council on Monday night that Maryland Municipal League officials are telling towns to be prepared for a 25 percent cut in their police protection grant from the state.

That grant previously was cut last July when the town was given only $33,137, $2,766 less than what the Police Department expected to get according to the state's formula for calculating grants, Helt said.

A $900-per-officer grant was left intact, as approved by legislation, he added.

This newest cut, if it comes, would mean a loss of approximately $8,000 to the town's Police Department.

"We'll just have to tighten up in a couple of areas," Police Chief Wallace P. Mitchell said. "The cut will not affect services. We'll keep providing the same service we always have."

Helt said the cut would probably affect the department's moving into new quarters. The Town Council had been looking at the cost of renovating the old maintenance buildingfor use as police headquarters.

"They'll probably have to put things off till spring to see what happens," Helt said.

In other action, the council:

* Unanimously approved Helt's appointment of Deborah Ann Onheiser as the town's new secretary/receptionist.

* Hearda recycling report from Randy Hughes, supervisor of the Bureau of Streets and Sanitation. He reported that since the town's recycling center opened in May, the town has saved $1,863 in tipping fees and labor costs from having to pick up 170 fewer tons of trash.

* Approvedthe third Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. for Parks and Recreation Committee meetings. The next meeting will be this coming Monday at the Town House.

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