2017-12-07 / Community

Sebewaing looking for part-time police chief

By John Bonke
Staff Writer • jbonke@mihomepaper.com

SEBEWAING - The Village of Sebewaing is looking for a parttime police chief and into options given the eventual retirement of Police Chief Bill Owens. The council approved a motion to post an advertisement for a part-time police chief. The village is also looking at its options in staffing its police department, one of them is employing retired Michigan State Police Officers on a part-time basis. Council discussion centered on finding a solution or solutions that are both cost-effective and provide reasonable safety.

Police Committee Chair Brandy Slocum spoke about the recent rash of thefts from vehicles urging residents to use common sense and lock their vehicles and not leave anything valuable in them. She also said that if a vehicle isn’t locked then an insurance company might not cover any losses. Slocum also urged anyone who had anything taken to contact the police department.

“Sebewaing is not an unsafe community,” Slocum added.

In other matters, the council learned that the engine project to upgrade its energy generation system to address multiple outages is beginning. The village purchased two engines (4.4 megawatt and 3.3 megawatt, respectively) from Clarke Energy.

During the Oct. 2 meeting, Sebewaing Light & Water Superintendent Melanie McCoy said the village will operate them at 80 percent capacity for efficiency and they engines are well-suited to the unique demand from its residential customers and Michigan Sugar Company. She also said that a byproduct of operating the new system will be hot water, created from cooling the engines during operation, and the village is exploring options to sell it to Michigan Sugar.

In new business, the council approved member Marcus Sting as its President Pro Tempore.

In other business, it approved monthly bills: $121,325.

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