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Carthage village board approves requests


CARTHAGE — The village Board of Trustees gave its approval on a number of issues during its meeting Tuesday.

The board approved Police Chief Reginald Huber Jr.’s request for police officer training.

Officer Michael Higman will attend the basic police photography course March 31 through April 4 at a cost of $100 plus lodging. According to Chief Huber, the course is a prerequisite for the police crime scene and evidence technician course that Officer Higman will attend April 28 through May 9 at a cost of $600 plus lodging. Both courses will be held at the Elmira Regional Training Center.

Chief Huber told the board that the department does not have a certified evidence technician, which would be important in courtroom testimony.

“Officer Higman’s attendance of this course would greatly enhance the Carthage Police Department’s ability to properly locate, document and collect evidence,” he said.

Officer Shane Smith will attend the Glock armor course May 1 at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building, Watertown. According to the village police chief, the firearms company requires the department to have a member certified every two years in order to order parts and perform warranted work.

With no one to speak at the public hearing on the issue, the board approved adoption of the local law to override the state property tax cap for the village fiscal year beginning June 1.

The board also:

n Approved the closing of West Street from South Mechanic to South School streets during the St. James Fair June 12 to 14.

n Approved a New York State Nurses Association request to hold a candlelight vigil from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday at Turning Point Park off Route 3.

n Authorized Village President G. Wayne McIlroy to sign a state Department of Transportation permit renewal to place a pedestrian crossing sign in the roadway on State Street.

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