ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- The Village of East Syracuse has been entertaining the idea of consolidating its police force for some time. But before the plan can go anywhere, the Town of DeWitt has to be on board.
Under the proposal, DeWitt would add six officers from East Syracuse and enter into an inter-municipal contract where the village would pay the town $400,000 for five years.
DeWitt town councilors spent more than an hour discussing the idea Monday night and set a date for this Friday to vote on two key elements.
First, they would have to amend local laws so that the department could take on the extra staff. They also have to approve the inter-municipal contract.
Friday's meeting will be open to the public, as will a hearing in East Syracuse on September 19th. There, village leaders plan to discuss possible savings and just how the shared service contract would work.