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Hanna Deputy goes Full Time


The Hanna Town Council convened at 6 p.m. Dec. 12 to allow liquor license holders to serve until 2 a.m. on Jan. 1 and be informed the town had another full time officer.

It was business as usual with the approval of the town council Nov. 24 meeting minutes and approval of the financials.

Marshal Jeff Neimark told the council the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) approved the Hanna Marshal’s Office for a Community Oriented Policing Services (C.O.P.S.) grant for one officer position. This comes from the 2017 C.O.P.S. hiring program where a large part of a new deputy’s salary and benefits are covered by the DOJ.

The estimated funds to be awarded to the Hanna Marshals Office over the three year award time frame is $125,000. The local funds match is $120,590.00. This award will allow reimbursement of wages and benefits for a full time deputy to be employed by the Hanna Marshal’s Office.

Neimark thanked Sharon Kahl, police dispatcher for Hanna, and Pam Paulson, Hanna town treasurer, for their help writing the grant. He also thanked the mayor, Tony Poulos, and the town council for their support in his pursuit of this grant and others.

“A lot of things are overlooked by what the mayor and town council does and I think a lot of our success is due to their leadership,” Neimark said. “I see a lot persistence in both doing what needs to done for the best of the town. It really makes me proud.”

Dan Starr, deputy marshal in Hanna, was offered a full time position when Neimark told the council of getting the award. Starr accepted Neimark said.

He told the council he gave a presentation Dec. 12 at Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) High School on the facts of drugs and alcohol. Neimark said he was happy with the response from the students.

Neimark said an anonymous resident was donating 46 hams to families in need bought from Hanna Hometown Market. Neimark and Starr will be delivering the hams on Monday.

The council approved resolution 2017-476 selecting the Saratoga Sun as the official designated newspaper for the town of Hanna to publish legal notices, advertise for bids and other required postings.

Vivian Gonzales, Hanna Recreation Center director, said she is getting three lifeguards trained. On Dec. 28 the recreation center will have an open gym for all and between the hours of 5-7 p.m. On Dec. 30, the center will have a New Years Eve Roller Rink Bash.

Liquor license holders within the town were approved to extend their closing time on Dec 31 to 2 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2018 for New Years Eve. The town normally has liquor licensee holders shut down at 10 p.m.

Robert Patton, town council member, will participate in the 5th Penny Tax Committee.

The next scheduled town council meeting is at 6 p.m. on Jan. 9 at the Hanna Town Hall.


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