Boonville to get more help for police, fire departments
BOONVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Many of our Tri-State cities are continuously expanding and making their communities better in some ways.
That’s what Mayor Charlie Wyatt over in Boonville says they’re doing.
We spoke with Mayor Charlie Wyatt about what they have going on over there, and he tells us some of these plans have been in the works for years.
At the Boonville Board of Works meeting a couple of weeks ago, some items were approved, including three new police officer positions, three additional police vehicles and $7,000 worth of upgrades to the city’s communications equipment.
Mayor Wyatt tells us that communications equipment is important. He says it’s necessary to have everything up to date in case the city or even surrounding areas experience a disaster like many of our Western Kentucky communities went through with that deadly tornado.
Mayor Wyatt says It ensures the city to have the ability for the emergency workers to have phone service on-site.
Those new police officer positions will be a part of Mayor Wyatt’s plan to have a school resource officer in all four schools in Boonville.
That’s something the mayor says is high on his priority list.
“We want those to be the heroes to these kids and if we can get an officer in the grade schools where they can grow up too and interact too. I’m just thinking that’s a positive, Jessica,” Mayor Wyatt told us. “So the opportunity is there and we are acting on that opportunity.”
The mayor says he saw the opportunity for those additional police officers in schools is when the Warrick County Council allowed the public LIT tax to happen.
He says there’s no exact timeline right now because those officers still need to go through the academy and whatnot, but he’s hoping they’ll be there as soon as possible.
Mayor Wyatt says the city will receive a little over $2 million per year, which has to be used on police and fire departments.
So with that comes the plans to also hire six new city firefighters this year, along with plans to build a whole new fire station.
They’re hoping to put that station on the west side to service future needs in their 400-home subdivision that the city is supplying sewer and water to.
That new fire station will also be home to a much-needed evidence room and storage facility for the police department.
The site is under evaluation now with the city engineer and the police and fire chiefs. The mayor says the city has some land that they currently own that they may be able to use.
“Building an evidence room alongside the new fire station on the west side of the city of Boonville and make it big enough for the police department to have all the storage they would want,” Mayor Wyatt said. “If they had to impound a vehicle they could store it inside or outside. It depends what their needs are.”
Although there’s no timeline to these things just yet, Mayor Wyatt says he wants it all done as soon as possible.
The mayor says they are also planning to purchase two new pumper trucks. It takes 480 days to get one built from the day of the contract signing, which was approved.
The city is also planning to purchase a new ladder truck. It also takes about 480 days to get one.
Mayor Wyatt says all of those vehicles are in need of upgrading.
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