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WALES DENIES FIREARMS TO 2 EMPLOYEES

The Wales Town Board on Tuesday decided the town's dog control officer and constable don't need to carry firearms.

The unanimous vote came following a report by Councilman Edmund Bogucki, who said nearby towns did not allow constables or dog control officers to carry arms.

Bogucki said, "To do so would create a liability for the town."

Walter Raichel, the dog control officer, and Constable Paul Kowalski sought the board's permission during a January work session to carry firearms while on duty for self-protection. Kowalski noted that he was licensed to carry a gun and certified to carry one on duty.

Supervisor Rickey Venditti, however, said that he knew of no incidences that would require the use of firearms.

In other matters, the board:

Approved the creation of assistant defense coordinator, an unpaid position.

The board will appoint someone to the position later.

Approved a request from United Tri-Town Soccer League to use the town fields on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings this summer; and Buffalo District Soccer League to use the field on Sunday evenings.

Voted to rescind a Justice Court surcharge of $10 on traffic violations.

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