WINONA LAKE — The Winona Lake Town Council witnessed the swearing in of two new reserve police officers at Tuesday night’s, March 20, meeting.
Diana Monroy and Jason Zorn were sworn in by Winona Lake Town Attorney Jim Walmer during the board’s regular meeting. Town Police Chief Joe Hawn said the pair of new officers were chosen from a pool of candidates that was eventually reduced to five finalists. “Recently we just went through a hiring process,” Hawn said. “We’re really excited to have both Jason and Dee on board with us at the police department.”
The two officers were sworn and approved with council resolution 2018-3-1.
In other business, the board approved an agreement with A&Z Engineering of Fort Wayne for preliminary design of Winona Lake’s proposed roundabout. According to Town Coordinator Craig Allebach, the project will be paid for partially with federal funds at an 80-20 match, will cost a total of approximately $1.68 million and will cost about $70,000 to the town just for the engineering. The town’s total cost for the roundabout is estimated at $335,830.
The town also heard and approved a proposal from Allebach and Hawn to purchase new radios for the town from J&K Communication for $23,692.50.
Allebach told the board that since Winona Lake police had joined Warsaw’s frequency, there had been “interoperability issues” connected to Winona Lake’s radios. He said the purchase of new radios was expected to alleviate those issues.
Street Superintendent Thomas Miller gave kudos to his employees, who he said have gone 13 years without a work-related accident. “That’s all on them,” he said. “They care about each other and look out for each other, so kudos to them.”