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DeGraff to make failed police recruits pay for training, gear

Police officers hired by the village of DeGraff that fail to last through their probationary period must reimburse the village for the cost of their uniforms, training, physicals and equipment, according to an ordinance passed by council members last week.

Council voted unanimously to suspend the rules and adopt the ordinance immediately.

Mayor Gary Comer during his report informed council the Ohio Department of Transportation has approved the installation of a four-way stop at the intersection of Main and Miami streets. The current flashing stoplight could be removed as early as this fall, the mayor added.

Fiscal Officer Linda Harford said she would petition the Ohio Public Works Commission to amend the scope of the work so the village doesn’t lose grant funds previously issued for the installation of a traffic light at the intersection.

If the commission agrees to the amendment, DeGraff may utilize state grant funds to install the four-way stop.

Mayor Comer also reported the village firehouse is in need of repairs. According to DeGraff Fire Chief David Reames, one volunteer firefighter works in construction and has agreed to complete the repairs.

Council voted to approve the expenditures in an amount not to exceed $1,500.

Councilwoman Sue Walls reminded residents the annual community yard sale is June 11 and that the DeGraff United Methodist Church has agreed to allow non-profit organizations to set up booths in the church parking lot.

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