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East Sparta PD applies for Narcan grant

By WALTER DOERSCHUK The Press-News Published: September 30, 2016 10:00 AM

EAST SPARTA-- Village council members heard during their Sept. 19 meeting that the Magnolia Police Department recently applied for a $10,500 grant for Narcan.

Police chief Jeff Hager and Sergeant Michael Balash spoke about efforts to obtain supplies and training to administer the medication. It's used for treatment of overdoses in emergency situations.

Balash said the grant came back with $5,000. Through a recent dunk tank fundraiser, an additional $400 was raised.

Balash said East Sparta, Magnolia and Sandy Township would have until Nov. 18 to decide if they want to combine to contribute the remaining $5,000. Donations can be made to the village of Magnolia, and donations will not be solicited by phone.

Hager provided a monthly action report for August which included 148.5 hours, 6.5 grant hours, four traffic arrests, one crash report, one misdemeanor arrest, 26 calls for service and eight reports taken.

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In park business, council members discussed whether the village should complete closing the pool on its own or to hire a professional. Solicitor Robert Cyperski said he would rather have a professional complete the job due to liability.

Village officials also discussed other improvements and repairs needed at the park including a sand filter, the kitty pool, plumbing and additional sinks in the kitchen and bathroom.

In other business, council:

HEARD a police levy on the November ballot will appear as Issue 6 and a current expenses renewal will appear as Issue 20.

SET Boo in the Park for Oct. 22 from 3-5 p.m.

SET trick or treat in the village for Oct. 30 from 5-6:30 p.m.

DISCUSSED paving the parking lot at the village's fire station.

HEARD a tentative agreement is in place for a Dollar General at Westbrook and Cleveland Avenue.

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