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The Angola Village Board Monday left the question of the future of police protection in the village on the table.

Mayor Richard L. Carlson said the board was not prepared to make an intelligent decision.

Carlson said, "It is not an easy decision to disband our police force, and any decision must be for the betterment of our community."

He said that public response has been evenly divided on the Town of Evans offer to provide police services in Angola. The village currently contracts with the Sheriff's Department for police services.

It was also noted that a 66-signature petition received last October seeking a referendum is short of the 5 percent of registered voters who voted in the last governor election needed to force a public vote.

Village Attorney Allan L. Paglia advised board members that if they intend to put the mater to referendum, the board should make a decision no later than Jan. 1 since it will take 30 days to set up the

It was further noted the village is required to give the Sheriff's Department 90 days notification that the contract will be terminated. The current contract expires June 1.

The village has contracted with the Sheriff's Department for police services for two years and is currently negotiating for a third year at an estimated cost of $262,000.

Estimates have put the cost of starting a four-man village police force at $255,000. That would include a patrol car and uniforms and equipment.

The Town of Evans has offered to provide police services at a cost of $192,861 a year. The town's offer would require the village to give up the right to have its own force.

A decision is expected by the Dec. 17 meeting.

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