Mount Pleasant trustees Monday will vote on whether or not to allow the police department to borrow up to $350,000 from the village sewer utility to finish MPPD’s firing range.
Members of the village’s Finance/Legal/License committee earlier this month gave the green light to Police Chief Tim Zarzecki to approach the utility for the loan. Because it’s an internal loan, it would be interest-free but would be paid back over a number of years like a conventional loan.
Going into the committee meeting, police had over $300,000, including $150,000 from the City of Racine, $80,000 in impact fees that will expire soon, and a $75,000 grant from SC Johnson. But, Zarzecki said the committee wants the village to own the range outright and then rent it out to other area agencies for practice and required certification.
The firing range was included in the design of the new village hall/police department, but wasn’t finished because of the cost – estimated to be up to $450,000 depending on details like the kind of backstops they’ll use and the ventilation system needed to clean lead particles out of the air.
Having a firing range at the police department will allow officers to fulfill their shooting requirements while they’re on duty instead of paying them overtime to visit a private facility during their off hours. Estimated overtime savings could come to about $20,000 a year plus the $2,000 or $3,000 per year for facility rental.
Zarzecki said the goal is to make the range self-supporting with the overtime savings and rental fees.
In other news, Village President Mark Gleason will hand out new committee assignments for trustees. Two newcomers – Anna Marie Clausen and Rick McCluskey – and incumbent Gary Feest were the top three vote-getters in the April 1 election. It is typical for board presidents to shuffle assignments after an election.
The Mount Pleasant Village Board meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Village Hall, 8811 Campus Drive. Call (262) 664-7800.