SYRACUSE — Members of Syracuse Village Council recently held their first meeting of 2013.
Police Chief Garry Freed and officers Mike Smith and Brent Rose introduced police dog Raiza to members of council.
Raiza is trained in narcotics detection and tracking. The 15-month-old Belgian Malinois will be handled by Officer Smith. Donations for the K-9 unit are still being accepted.
The purchase of a cage for the police cruiser was approved at a cost of $300. Freed was authorized to look for a used cruiser for the village to purchase.
Council member Bobby Ord was selected as president pro-temp as he was last year.
Grants administrator Fred Hoffman updated council on possible grant projects, including the possibility of the Nature Works Grant and a grant through the State Fire Marshal Office. It was approved to apply for the Fire Marshal Grant.
Council authorized the purchase of a new pick-up truck for the fire department as requested by Fire Chief Bill Roush.
Up to $11,000 was approved for the purchase of needed equipment for the pool, including drain covers, a pool pump and wheel chair lift.
The basic codes for the state were approved.
A raise was approved for Larry Fields, street commissioner and maintenance supervisor and two other village employees.
Present at the meeting were council members Ord, Wendy Egan, Jenny Whan, and J.P. Varian, Mayor Eric Cunningham, fiscal officer Megan Drummer-Doczi, Freed, Roush, Hoffman and Fields.
Meetings of the Syracuse Village Council will be held at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month.