Orrville approves security measures

Published 10:19pm Wednesday, April 9, 2014

ORRVILLE—Additional permanent in-town security is coming to Orrville.

The Orrville Town Council approved councilwoman Jewell Williamson’s recommendation to increase the time Dwayne Sanders with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office monitors Orrville from four hours per week to eight hours per week. The discussion began when Orrville mayor Louvenia Lumpkin said the council should revisit their original vote.

“We voted on it, and we had it in place, but then I stopped [it], because I was told that security would be a little bit more visible in Orrville,” Lumpkin said. “And we don’t have it.”

Lumpkin said Sanders would not patrol the area over a consecutive eight hours, but instead spread the time throughout the day for $25 per hour. Although the council has yet to be billed for service provided since the last month’s decision to hire law enforcement, the group plans to use a portion of the revenue money to fund the operation.

Williamson stressed the importance of more security by sharing her accounts of unsafe incidents in Orrville.

She recalled seeing four-wheelers racing past her Monday with one of the passengers’ two legs unsafely positioned outward and another driver disturbing the peace with loud music blasting from their vehicle.

In February, Lumpkin was unsure as to how they would fund more permanent security.

With the Orrville beer tax restored, allowing the town of Orrville to once again receive a portion of the beer tax within its corporate limits starting in June, the council is expecting to receive $10,000 more in annual revenue.

The council also voted unanimously in favor of an annual $300 payment to the Selma Animal Shelter in response to Selma Mayor George Evans’ request for Orrville to contribute financially.

 

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