WOODSTOCK TWP. — Woodstock Township officials are not opposed to having additional police protection at Devils Lake over the Independence Day weekend.
However, Supervisor Matt SeGraves said, the local government is not comfortable using taxpayer money to fund services in one focused area of the township.
The board voted 5-0 Monday to deny a proposed contract with the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Department that asked the township to pay $1,000 toward more than $3,000 in overtime and staffing costs for law enforcement to patrol the lakes area July 3, the day of the annual fireworks display.
The contract, Undersheriff Troy Bevier said, would provide 12 hours of dedicated deputy presence at the lake during the day and until the fireworks display ends in the evening. The sheriff’s department budget does not allow for the extra manpower needed to focus on special events that see thousands of people gather.
Trustee Randy Kennard said he would volunteer on his own time to seek donations, but said he may only be able to raise $600 of the requested $1,000.
“Right now, people are giving money to kids for field trips,” Kennard said.
The sheriff’s department also has approached neighboring Rollin Township to pay $1,000 as well. The Lakes Preservation League, Kennard said, has pledged to contribute up to $1,000. Public donations also are being accepted at the Rollin Township Hall at 730 Manitou Road during business hours.
The funding matter is expected to be discussed at the Rollin Township Board meeting at 7 p.m. today, June 14.
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