CHIPPEWA LAKE — The village has agreed to contract with Lafayette Township for more police coverage from the Medina County Sheriff’s Office.
Both communities receive police services from the Sheriff’s Office under separate contracts, but Chippewa Lake only has part-time deputies working certain days of the week while the township has contracted for round-the-clock service.
The new consolidated contract will provide the village with 24/7 coverage and add deputies to township roads during crucial hours.
Township Trustee Lynda Bowers said the village will pay the same as the township to receive the same level of service the township does.
“In Lafayette Township, we’re kind of known for being able to do more with less,” Bowers said.
“To be able to do it when we’re not under duress, and simply because it makes sense, I think is a good thing.”
The township spent $283,000 for its contract with the Sheriff’s Office last year, all collected from a levy.
Bowers said the new contract simply will apply the levy as if Chippewa Lake were included in the district, allowing the township to reduce millage for township residents.
Township Trustee Bryon Macron said the village will pay between $35,000 and $36,000 for a one-year contract.
The township and village have a history of sharing resources, Bowers said. Chippewa Lake is an incorporated section of the township, and in the past has provided both police and fire services for the entire township when Lafayette did not have its own.
When Lafayette got its own officers, officials drew a district that excluded Chippewa Lake so the village would not be charged for services it was not receiving.
Macron said deputies will need to use different ticket books for the village and the township.
Tickets in Lafayette Township go to Medina Municipal Court while tickets in the village are paid to Chippewa Lake’s parking bureau.
Chippewa Lake’s contract with the Sheriff’s Office ends in December but Sheriff Tom Miller said he will support a new contract if it’s completed before then.
“That’s between the township and village, and we’ll honor whatever they decide to do, that they think serves them better,” Miller said.
Macron said he hopes the new contract will be complete in the next 60 days.
Chippewa Lake officials could not be reached for comment.
Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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