County signs new contract to police Winfield
By Kitty Conley email@example.com December 18, 2012 1:30PM
CROWN POINT — The Lake County Commissioners on Dec. 12 signed an agreement for the county to provide police protection to the Town of Winfield.
Commissioner Gerry Scheub and Sheriff John Buncich worked with the Winfield Town Council to keep the community covered.
This new interlocal agreement had already been approved by the Lake County Council and is now headed to the Town Council for its members to sign the agreement. Council members have already stated that they have their pens ready. The town wants the service.
This new contract will run from Jan. 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2015 in an amount not to exceed $120,000 payable quarterly at the rate of $30,000 per quarter.
There is a built-in 3 percent increase in each of the calendar years of the contract. The town will also be allowed to hire off-duty police officers when needed.
At a Winfield Town Council study session on Dec. 11, council president Gerry Stiener read a letter in which a resident complained that drivers have been blowing through the four-way stop sign near his home at 108th Avenue and Pike Street.
Councilwoman Paulette Skinner told her fellow council members that the police should be directed to stop giving out warnings and start giving tickets. “Since we are having problems in subdivisions — ticket them all.”
The speed limit on 109th Avenue has been reduced from 40 mph to 30 mph from Randolph Street to Miami Street. The speed limit along Randolph around Jerry Ross School has also been changed from 40 mph to 30 mph.
Council members said the traffic around the school slowed down for awhile but is right back to where it was. The town is growing and is experiencing growing pains.
Stiener reminded everyone that they still have to allow the officers to use their own discretion.