City Council Budget Work Session: Tourism, Police and Municipal Court

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Part of Thursday's Sheridan City Council budget work session dealt with the Sheridan Police Department.
Part of Thursday's Sheridan City Council budget work session dealt with the Sheridan Police Department.

Thursday's Sheridan City Council budget work session involved several components that included Sheridan Travel and Tourism, the Police Department and Municipal Court.

Police Chief Richard Adriaens explains how they reduced their overall budget by 9% for the upcoming fiscal year.

It was pointed out that there are only two more sworn-in officers now than in 1993, despite the latest Census showing roughly 2,000 more residents in the City. Chief Adriaens says it's the common mantra of doing more with less along with community outreach.

And in keeping up with the ever-changing world of technology, Municipal Court will be implementing a video arraignment system in the not-so-distant future.

All of the Councilors that were present -- Steve Brantz, Ryan Mulholland and Alex Lee -- along with Mayor Dave Kinskey voiced their disapproval on Sheridan Travel and Tourism's proposed budget that included raises for their three employees. The STT Committee's budget included a $5,000 raise in salary for longtime Executive Director Penny Becker.

Mayor Dave Kinskey echoed the statements issued by Councilors by saying that with the City's current economic situation, the raises “aren't going to happen”.

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