Villadom Times Weekly Newspaper Online - December 24, 2008 Issue

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December 24, 2008 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • Page 3 Waldwick Attorney drafting agreement for care of K-9 Waldwick Borough Attorney Craig Bossong is currently in the process of drafting an agreement that would allow retired Waldwick Police Sergeant Russell Litchult to care for the department’s K-9 until the dog’s death. The department’s K-9 unit, which Litchult initiated in 1994, is being disbanded at the recommendation of Waldwick Police Chief Mark Messner. Local police depart- ments that had relied on Waldwick’s police dog over that 14- year period are now using Bergen County’s K-9 service. Chief Messner previously stated that economic issues, and Sgt. Litchult’s recent retirement, factored into the deci- sion to disband the unit. Chief Messner credited Litchult with initiating the program and running it for the last 14 years, including handling all the associated documentation. He also expressed the intent to allow Litchult to keep the dog. When the mayor and council discussed the program at an October meeting, Mayor Russell Litchult urged the reten- tion of the unit, saying the K-9 unit is a crime deterrent and boosts public relations. He said that Officer Adam Garcia had been trained for the unit since he joined the force. Some council members, however, supported the move to disband the unit given the sergeant’s retirement. Councilwoman Anita Bozzo characterized the K-9 unit as a luxury, adding that the borough pays overtime, adding to expenses. Councilman Don Sciolaro pointed out that the dog PC need a BAILOUT? We set-up and fix your PC/Mac & network $25 savings thru 2008 We specialize in recovering photos, music & email remains a financial commitment even when retired from service. Sciolaro said he had mixed feelings about disband- ing the unit. Borough Administrator Gary Kratz indicated the depart- ment’s police dog is about seven years old, and the depart- ment has kept previous dogs in active service for only nine or 10 years at a stretch. Kratz said it was difficult to justify the local department’s unit when Bergen County provides the same service to local departments. Asked about the costs of running the K-9 unit, Kratz and Messner concurred that it was difficult to separate out the price tag, since the service involves the K-9 officer’s salary, the operation of the vehicle – which was not used exclu- sively for that purpose – and the upkeep of the animal. Some of the K-9 unit costs have been funded through private donations. Council raises fee for well baby care Local municipalities that participate in the Well Baby Clinic sponsored by the Borough of Waldwick will soon see a $25 increase in the administrative fee. The Waldwick Council recently voted its approval of the change, which will take the current fee of $100 to $125. Municipalities that pay to participate in Waldwick’s clinic under an interlocal services agreement include Upper Saddle River, Allendale, Ho-Ho-Kus, Franklin Lakes, Mid- land Park, Oakland, and Wyckoff. The Well Baby Clinic is held on the second Tuesday of each month. Dr. Douglas Fenkart of Bergen West Pediatrics provides all eligible, uninsured preschoolers with immu- nizations, diagnostic screening (including blood testing), physical examinations, health education, and referrals. Waldwick Public Health Nurse Carol Shepard reported that two new immunization requirements have been added. Preschoolers, ages six months through 59 monthsmust have flu shots by Dec. 31 before each individual may attend school, and Tdap shots for students in sixth grade. This shot was previously only required for children up to the age of seven. 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