2018-08-12 / Insight

Dryden Twp. voters approve police millage

810-452-2616 • pfoley @mihomepaper.com

Chief Larry Pack and the Township police handle about 3,000 calls a year. 
Photo by Phil Foley Chief Larry Pack and the Township police handle about 3,000 calls a year. Photo by Phil Foley DRYDEN TWP. — Homes and businesses in Dryden Township are secure for another five years. By one vote shy of a 2-to-1 margin, township voters approved a 2.3-mill levy to fund the police department, which includes four full-time offices, 10 part-time officers and a part-time clerk.

Sgt. Shawn Peters said the five-year tax, which passed 999 to 500, is expected to generate approximately $476,562 annually. Peters said that will allow the department to keep doing what it has been doing.

Dryden Township has had local police service since 1958. Chief Larry Pack said his officers handle about 3,300 calls in the township annually.

Peters was pleased with voter turnout in Dryden Township. “I was there 12 of the 13 hours the polls were open and it was non-stop,” he said. “People down here vote.”

He said about twice as many people voted on the police millage this time as they did in 2013.

Peters said he’s very appreciative that residents voted yes. But, he added he wasn’t surprised, noting that Dryden Township voters have been traditionally supportive of law enforcement.

“The whole process has been good,” he said. “We’ve been out building rapport with the community.” Peters said he and others have been going door to door in their off-hours discussing the proposal with area residents. “I got to meet a lot of people I wouldn’t ordinarily meet,” he said.

Peters said his conversations with residents lasted anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour and resulted in a lot of good input.

— Phil Foley

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