Goshen police update policies and procedures

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP–Township trustees Monday night approved an updated policy and procedures book for the police department.

According to Police Chief Steve McDaniel, the book is a comprehensive collection of case laws that address today’s current issues. He said some of the policies previously on file were decades old and no longer relevant, while others were too vague. Some issues addressed in the new policies include current topics such as transgender hiring, Internet usage and body cameras, he noted.

Officers will be trained on the new policies and will have to pass an online test, McDaniel said.

McDaniel suggested trustees approve the policies as soon as possible since the department is currently operating without any. Trustees, however, questioned approving the policies without having the opportunity to read them.

McDaniel said he and Sgt. John Calko worked with the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office for several months to update the policies and complete the new book, explaining that the attorney who helped guide the policy book has worked with other municipalities to develop their policies.

McDaniel said the longer the department operates without a set of policies, the longer the township faces possible problems.

“You’re leaving yourself open (for lawsuits),” he said.

McDaniel said the policies can be adjusted as needed, but cannot be removed.

Pertinent policies from the book will be used for other departments, according to Trustee Chair Bob McCracken.

In other business, trustees agreed to opt out of the Census Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) Operation program. Trustee Todd Beeson said the program requires too much work and possible penalties for too little reward. He said the program would keep a current list of addresses that would assist in securing grants, but that the township does not add enough new addresses between each census to make the effort of the program worthwhile.

The trustees also approved $10,000 for engineering for a pitched roof to replace the portion of roof at the administration building damaged by a storm in August. McCracken said the project can go out to bid in approximately one month and that weather will not affect the construction.

According to McCracken, insurance will pay for $50,723 to replace the roof and the township has more than $40,000 in its asset replacement fund. He guessed that the pitched roof will cost a little more than $100,000.

Beeson agreed to pay for the engineering, but said he would also like to find out how much it will cost to go with a flat roof, which would not have to be bid out.

Also at the meeting, trustees approved the sale of an old computer for $100 and backstop for $25 to Fiscal Officer Tom Knoedler.

Additionally, Recycling Coordinator Paul Mannypenny reminded everyone the recycling department will host its Customer Appreciation Day and Scrap Tire Drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 23 at the township garage, 12649 Seacrist Road. An Electronic Drive will also be held from 9 a.m. to noon during the event.

Cost to recycle a tires is as follows: car and light truck, $1 each for up to 10, $1.50 each over 10 and $3 on the rim; truck and skid loader, $8 each and $9 on the rim; and tractor, $17 each and $20 on the rim. Cost to recycle CRT monitors and televisions is $10 while flat screen televisions and monitors are free. No console televisions will be accepted.

The event is open to everyone and there will be free refreshments.

The next regular trustees meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at the administration building.