Washingtonville adds police officer, loses one

WASHINGTONVILLE – Council approved hiring Brandon Bridgewater as a reserve police officer while accepting the resignation of another officer during Monday’s meeting.

The department has about 11 officers who work part time and Assistant Police Chief Mark Husk said it is still looking for new officers.

Husk requested that Bridgewater begin at reserve status due to his previous background in law enforcement.

In other police business, Husk requested four security cameras be installed in council chambers, the police office, garage and for the outside area.

Council and the department have talked about it for over a year and Husk said the price was $249 for the four cameras.

“It’s pretty reasonable,” Husk said. “We’ve priced other security companies … they’re in the thousands of dollars.”

Council approved the two requests along with an oil change for one of the cruisers.

Utilities Superintendent Brian Gudat said he wanted to replace a fire hydrant on state Route 14 that was removed for the road widening project.

“I would like to buy a new one,” Gudat said, adding the price is about $3,000 and the old hydrants are from 1977.

Mayor Will Jones asked about other prices and Gudat said he would check, noting the hydrants cost about $2,000 and the rest is in hardware.

Gudat said he would get more prices next week.

Jones said he received a letter from an elderly resident in the 300 block of W. Main St. who said Meals on Wheels was having problems delivering because the road washed out and needed to be filled in.

“It’s in pretty bad shape,” Jones said. “Let’s get that fixed ASAP … at least get it temporarily fixed.”

Councilman Jim Smith said she brought it to council’s attention, “so let’s get it fixed.”

In other business, Councilwoman Becky Vignon said six or seven streets were chip and sealed and Jones commended her committee for the work it did in determining which streets were included for the annual program.

Also, Jones said the VFW York Drexler Post 5532 presented the police department with a check for $250.

“They donate to them quite a bit,” Jones said.