Portage adds 3 police dogs
By John Robbins Post-Tribune correspondent April 2, 2013 9:16PM
Updated: May 4, 2013 6:22AM
PORTAGE — Three new police dogs, Chuckie, Bolo and Bomber, will be helping patrol the streets of Portage in time for Memorial Day, according to Police Chief Troy Williams.
On Tuesday, Williams told the City Council the three dogs, purchased for just under $34,000 using a combination of city funds and private donations, will be on the street in about six weeks.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Modesto, D-1, expressed concern about overtime pay for the dog handlers, subject of a suit against the city settled in 2012.
Williams and council attorney Gregg Sobkowski agreed the issue has been resolved and the dog handlers, officers Wendel Hite, Rich Schmitt and Kyle Lerch, will receive reimbursable compensation of up to 45 minutes per day for off-duty dog care.
The council tweaked several ordinances. An equipment bond ordinance passed at last month’s meeting was changed to correct an error in the year of retirement for the bond; 2018 was substituted for 2017.
Several salaries were revised to reflect provisions of health insurance changes that went into effect this month.
A change also was made in the rate charged residents for certain oversize garbage. Oversize items formerly were charged $100 for pick-up. That has been reduced to $25 for items less than 40 square feet, such as mattresses.
At-large Councilman Mark Oprisko said he has received complaints about street department personnel taking photos of oversized items to allow for residents to be billed.
Mayor James Snyder replied that nobody has been billed yet, pending the ordinance change, which was unanimously approved.