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Sandy trustees set fee for attorney

By DAVID HUTTON The Press-News Published: August 19, 2016 10:00 AM

SANDY TWP. -- Sandy Township trustees on Monday set the fee for a local attorney serving as legal counsel for the police levy effort.

Trustees last month retained local attorney John McCall, who is a member of the Mohawk Valley Joint Fire District Board of Trustees, to serve as legal counsel and handle all of the legal matters associated with the levy issue.

Trustees set his fee at $125 an hour.

While most villages and townships have a solicitor or retained attorney, Sandy Township does not. As a result, township officials had to retain an attorney to handle the legal process associated with placing a 3-mill levy on the November ballot.

Sandy Township has contracted with the Magnolia Police Department for police protection since 1998 from a general fund that has been augmented by tipping fees collected from Waste Management American Landfill.

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At the start of the police contract, tipping fees typically averaged $30,000 a month. According to Fiscal Officer Cathy McKinney, those topping fees today average $13,000 a month during summer months.

The township has a contract with the Magnolia Police Department for $25 an hour for varying hours each month. While the protection is not 24//7, it is close, and personnel can be quickly dispatched in case of an emergency.

Under the basic protection from the county, it could take up to three days for a deputy to respond to take a report.

Quad Ambulance would no longer have police support when responding to calls, including many situations that can be volatile. The Mohawk Valley Joint Fire District also depends on police assistance at emergency scenes.

According to Police Chief Jeff Hager, the sheriff's office is not available for private property accidents or to provide a report for deer hits so that the deer can be harvested.

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To get the same level of service the township currently receives, it would cost more than $250,000 through the sheriff's office.

In other business, trustees:

/ PAID bills totaling $13,994.20;

/ SET their next meeting for 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2 to avoid a conflict with the Labor Day holiday;

/ HEARD that new bearings have been installed in a lawn mower;

/ LEARNED a governor on a compressor on Truck 602 has been repaired;

/ LEARNED a backhoe has developed a leak on a valve box. "I don't think we can do that repair in house," Road Supervisor Gary McKinney pointed out.

The next regular meeting is set for 4 p.m. Sept. 2 at township hall.


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