Washburn to provide officers with body armor

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

On Aug. 15, the Washburn City Council voted to provide the city's police department with body armor equipment.

Doug Henry, police chief, reported that Washburn officers are not allowed to wear body armor issued by the Barry County Sheriff's Department while on duty for the City of Washburn.

According to Henry, the sheriff's department recently purchased new body armor due to expired material. The sheriff's department offered to allow Washburn officers to use the old armor with a signed release, but Henry felt this would cause a liability issue.

The aldermen voted to provide Washburn police officers with body armor issued by the city.

In other business, the Washburn City Council:

* Set the tax levy at $0.3954.

* Voted to amend the 2011 budget to actuals.

* Reviewed a letter of intent submitted by Mary Anne Henry, owner of Hillbilly Henry's on Highway 90 in Washburn. The business plans to begin operating a drive-through package liquor store.

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