Winter Park/Fraser Police about to get K-9 unit |

Winter Park/Fraser Police about to get K-9 unit

Winter Park Town Council members approved a resolution to start soliciting bids for the town’s 2008 project to replace damaged concrete throughout town, including various sections of sidewalk and the bike path.

The project’s bid is not to exceed $30,000 and was included in the year’s budget.

Vasquez Road sidewalks get go-ahead for bids

Town Engineer Chuck Swanson gave an update on the Vasquez Road sidewalk.

The design has been completed for the sidewalk, which will run from Forest Trail (where the existing sidewalk ends) to the west end of Van Anderson Drive.

The project will be completed in three phases, and the first phase starts this summer. Phase 1 will take place from Forest Trail to Lake Trail, and will cost roughly $164,499.

The entire project cost is estimated to be $440,255. Town Council passed a motion for Swanson to proceed with bidding the project and selecting a contractor.

January a busy month for police

Winter Park had the highest call volume in terms of calls to the local police department.

Chief of Police Glen Trainor said January as a very busy month for the Fraser/Winter Park Police department, with officers responding to 246 calls: 153 of them occurred in Winter Park and 82 occurred in Fraser. A total of 17 citations were written in Fraser, while 39 citations were written in Winter Park.

There were 45 accident reports, which were mostly due to the winter weather. The department also responded to 36 false alarm calls, 31 disturbances and noise complaints and seven burglaries.

Trainor added that Sgt. Brett Schroetlin and his new partner, Astra, are excelling at the K-9 school, and the dog should be joining the police department in three weeks.

Astra finds drugs more quickly than any dog in the academy, Trainor said.

In March, the police department will become the first local law enforcement agency in Grand County with the ability to conduct license plate and driver’s license and warrant checks from its patrol vehicles. The new software is expected to reduce radio traffic and improve officer safety, Trainor said.

” To reach Stephanie Miller, call (970) 887-3334, ext. 19601 or e-mail

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