New Holstein’s Common Council may be taking action on Wednesday evening (Jan. 20) on a recommendation to begin negotiations with the Calumet County Sheriff’s Office to provide shared law enforcement services to the city.
Jeffrey Roemer of McMahon Engineers/Architects Public Safety & Municipal Management—who has performed a top-to-bottom study of the New Holstein Police Department—is recommending that discussions begin with the county for shared services, according to a two-page document dated Monday, Jan. 18 which outlines his findings and recommendations.
The Common Council meeting is scheduled to be held at the Fire Station following the Committee of the Whole meeting which begins at 6 p.m. The council meeting will not start before 6:30 p.m. The council agenda lists the NHPD issue as a "discussion/action" item.
Roemer is scheduled to present his findings and recommendations at the meeting. The document presents four options but he recommends Option 1 which is to have the McMahon project manager begin those discussions with the county and then bring back an agreement for the council to finalize and approve. “It is my concern that this will be the only option that will correct the immediate situation without any lapse in law enforcement coverage and protection,” Roemer wrote in his report.
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