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Advertisement IT'S TIME On September 12, 2022 the Montville Town Council has scheduled a Public hearing for 6:00 P.M. on the resurrected Police Department ordinance. Before the vocal minority emerge and attempt to shout down this much needed infrastructure improvement, consider these facts: The people of Montville are presently paying $235,722 yearly for a Resident Trooper Program that gives us police services that we already have, such as: Lockup facility, Sallyport, Evidence Processing room, Evidence Storage Room, Impound Lot, Interview Rooms, Report Systems, Radio Systems and Dispatching Services. So, if we already have those services, it means we are paying nearly 1/4 million dollars for one police officer. Consider: In 2010 the people of Montville voted yes to fund a full-service police station which we occupied in January of 2013. 10,000 sq ft of that 17,000 sq ft building has sat there unused for nearly 10 years. To fully understand the real extent of the waste that exists at 911 Norwich New London Turnpike, I urge every Montville taxpayer to visit the Montville Police Station, also known as the Montville Public Safety Complex, and see for yourself what was paid for but sits there decaying and vacant. Consider: The towns of East Lyme and Ledyard both eliminated the Resident Trooper program even before they had plans for a building. But Montville has had a full service facility in place for nearly 10 years yet we still pay for the Resident Trooper. Consider: The cost of a resident trooper in the 80's was about $40,000. In 2011 it was $116,000. In 2016 it was $215,000 and now the current cost is $235,722. How much will it increase next year? Consider: We all pay state taxes to fund the Connecticut State Police and we pay town taxes to fund a State Trooper. We are paying twice for the same person. Consider: As a constabulary, we are not eligible for law enforcement grants. As an independent police department, Montville will be eligible for cost saving grants. Consider: We have had two previous referendums on this same ordinance where yes meant no and no meant yes; in both referendums, yes prevailed. In 2010 we had a referendum to vote on a full-service police station where yes meant yes and no meant no. The yes vote prevailed again. I don't know about you, but it seems the people of Montville voted in the affirmative for the Montville Police Department in all three votes. It's time to stop the waste, stop the duplication in services and make the most of the money we spend on police services. With moving forward on this ordinance, it will not mean adding police officers. The $235,722 saved from eliminating the Resident Trooper will be re-allocated to the hiring of needed dispatchers adding two on per shift and a Chief who will be solely responsible to the town. All things considered - it's time Ad paid for by Montville Town Council Member, Leonard "Buddy" Bunnell Advertisement IT'S TIME On September 12 , 2022 the Montville Town Council has scheduled a Public hearing for 6:00 P.M. on the resurrected Police Department ordinance . Before the vocal minority emerge and attempt to shout down this much needed infrastructure improvement , consider these facts : The people of Montville are presently paying $ 235,722 yearly for a Resident Trooper Program that gives us police services that we already have , such as : Lockup facility , Sallyport , Evidence Processing room , Evidence Storage Room , Impound Lot , Interview Rooms , Report Systems , Radio Systems and Dispatching Services . So , if we already have those services , it means we are paying nearly 1/4 million dollars for one police officer . Consider : In 2010 the people of Montville voted yes to fund a full - service police station which we occupied in January of 2013. 10,000 sq ft of that 17,000 sq ft building has sat there unused for nearly 10 years . To fully understand the real extent of the waste that exists at 911 Norwich New London Turnpike , I urge every Montville taxpayer to visit the Montville Police Station , also known as the Montville Public Safety Complex , and see for yourself what was paid for but sits there decaying and vacant . Consider : The towns of East Lyme and Ledyard both eliminated the Resident Trooper program even before they had plans for a building . But Montville has had a full service facility in place for nearly 10 years yet we still pay for the Resident Trooper . Consider : The cost of a resident trooper in the 80's was about $ 40,000 . In 2011 it was $ 116,000 . In 2016 it was $ 215,000 and now the current cost is $ 235,722 . How much will it increase next year ? Consider : We all pay state taxes to fund the Connecticut State Police and we pay town taxes to fund a State Trooper . We are paying twice for the same person . Consider : As a constabulary , we are not eligible for law enforcement grants . As an independent police department , Montville will be eligible for cost saving grants . Consider : We have had two previous referendums on this same ordinance where yes meant no and no meant yes ; in both referendums , yes prevailed . In 2010 we had a referendum to vote on a full - service police station where yes meant yes and no meant no . The yes vote prevailed again . I don't know about you , but it seems the people of Montville voted in the affirmative for the Montville Police Department in all three votes . It's time to stop the waste , stop the duplication in services and make the most of the money we spend on police services . With moving forward on this ordinance , it will not mean adding police officers . The $ 235,722 saved from eliminating the Resident Trooper will be re - allocated to the hiring of needed dispatchers adding two on per shift and a Chief who will be solely responsible to the town . All things considered - it's time Ad paid for by Montville Town Council Member , Leonard " Buddy " Bunnell