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some money left over to pay for training. The chief said the department needed the devices and sought approval for the purchase from the City Council. The chief said the departments need for Tasers stems from a Sept. 13 incident in which Pittsfield Township police officers used a Taser to bring down a 15-year-old boy who was carrying a knife and didnt respond to calls to drop the weapon. The incident led to a special ceremony honoring the officers of both departments involved in the pursuit and arrest of the suspect. Hrinik noted his department did not possess a Taser and was grateful for the actions of Pittsfield police. Since Oct. 1, the department has been actively seeking funds to pay for an electronic control weapon, also known by the acronym ECW. The department has rules governing the use of


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Police to purchase Tasers for rst time

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Salines police department could soon have Tasers to give officers one more weapon to neutralize threats. Police Chief Larry Hrinik made a presentation to the City Council Dec. 17 about the addition to the arsenal, which will cost $13,242. The acquisition of the Tasers is being paid for with donated funds with

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Schools still in black after budget amendment

Fiscal picture looking better than two years ago
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Slowly but surely, the Saline school districts financial picture is improving. The Board of Education approved an amendment to the 2012-13 budget last week following a presentation by Assistant Superintendent for Finance Janice Warner. While the district isnt out of the woods, the fiscal picture looks much better than two years ago. The district had a fund balance of $1,185,000, or 2.32 percent of the budget, in 2010. Compounding the situation was a $1.5 million structural deficit that was slated to mushroom quickly. Warner presented an amended budget that reflected many positive changes that have boosted the fund balance. The budget is typically amended after the school year begins to allow for projections to be finalized and if there are any legislative issues to be resolved. This year, Warner told the board there was some good news, including the following: *The district has settled all of its contracts with significant savings to the school district.
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Mayor Gretchen Driskell talks to the audience recalling some of the events that occurred in the city during Allan Grossmans 52year run as city attorney.

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Driskell, Grossman say farewell

Mayor, city attorney bid goodbye to city government
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Saline City Hall just wont be the same. That was the sentiment Dec. 17 after a reception to honor the service of City Attorney Allan Grossman and Mayor Gretchen Driskell was held at City Hall. Grossman is leaving after holding his post for 52 years and Driskell after 20 years on City Council overall and the last 14 as mayor. Grossman will continue to practice law, while

Driskell will become state House representative for the 52nd District. Nearly 100 people attended the event, which was held prior to the regular City Council meeting. The event featured reminiscing from the guests of honor and others who have worked closely with them. Wrapping an arm around Grossmans shoulders, Driskell reviewed some of the events that occurred during the attorneys tenure. She described Grossman as our calm voice, and a dear friend. Hes very professional, very measured in his thoughts, she said. Hes our rudder. Saline was a tiny burg of 2,300 people when

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