Fate Of La Grange Police Still Undecided

People of La Grange in Lenoir County came out Monday night to hear the fate of their boys in blue. A proposal to cut the police force has many people worried.

Town manager John Craft presented a proposal enlisting the services of the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office. He says having only two deputies to police La Grange would be more cost efficient. Craft says the town would save over $65,000 the first year and $150,000 after that.

But some residents say they're concerned and say you can't put a pricetag on safety.

A larger town hall meeting will take place next Monday night inside the Frank Alumni hall at 7:00 pm. People with comments and concerns will be able to speak.


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  • by ### Location: New Zealand on Jan 12, 2009 at 10:07 AM
    Just forget about it its a done deal!!!!!!!
  • by ? Location: La Grange on Jan 8, 2009 at 02:58 PM
    I think that teh floks of La Grange need to go to the meeting on Jan 12th to let the town council know that we want to keep the police dept and think that somebody needs to go to the lenoir co. commissioners meeting next month to let them know how we feel about
  • by ******** Location: Lenoir Co. on Jan 7, 2009 at 12:29 PM
    I don't live in lagrange, but have spoken to several people that live there about this and they all seem to say the same thing "They don't want to lose their local police dept." so maybe with this special meeting that has been scheduled the town council will see that the citizens don't want to lose the La Grange Police and they will stop it dead in its tracks.
  • by lanative Location: La Grange on Jan 7, 2009 at 12:11 PM
    Jimmy, as a taxpayer in LA, I agree we need to take steps to save money, but not at the expense of our LOCAL police dept. Cut out the frivilous spending that is being done at town hall and LA can keep the local police dept. as "citizen" said a million dollar park, parking lots and web pages are not needed, but I being a citizen in LA want to keep LaGrange Police Department not the Sheriff's Dept.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Jan 7, 2009 at 06:25 AM
    Jimmy, You have a valid argument, however if you read Citizen's post, I think you will see that his/her point is that the local government is willing to waste money on much less important things and want to cut a very important service. If they need to eliminate things from the budget there are many places they can start before eliminating the police force. That is the point. Obviously 13,000 dollars for a website is an absolute waste of money, and if they are doing that, then there are sure to be more examples of waste that could be done away with before eliminating law enforcement in a climate that indicates we need it more and more. If you have never been to La Grange, I can tell you that they surely don't need to spend a million dollars on a park ESPECIALLY if they are going to eliminate the police force due to budget constraints. It doesn't make GOOD SENSE.
  • by Jimmy Location: Kinston on Jan 6, 2009 at 07:38 PM
    LaGrange is not the first town to succumb to consolidated services. There are small and medium sized towns all over North Carolina that have utilized this very strategy. From what I have read, the town is paying the county for the positions so that LaGrange does not loose any coverage. What amazes me is how the common taxpayer moans about high taxes and inefficient govenment but as soon as steps are taken to make it more efficient and less cumbersome upon the taxpayer, you still hear crying and wailing. It just another example that you can not satisfy everyone all the time. No matter what you do someone is not going to like it.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jan 6, 2009 at 03:55 PM
    To the citizens of LaG, seems your mayor and city council are doing the same as our US congress, throw money at pork projects and removing money for the protection of its citizens. Let them know that come next election thay will be voted out. I come into LaG quite often and would hate to see crime run rampant because of less law enforcement. Good Luck.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Jan 6, 2009 at 11:18 AM
    To Citizen of LaGrange posted @ 1:25; It seems to me you have made some valid points. I do not live in LaGrange, although I have been there many times years ago. I always liked that town. It seems to me that the council is willing to spend money on frivolities but not important issues. I would vote to keep the cops before spending 13,000 on a web page. Jeesh! I like LaGrange, but there sure isn't enough there to warrant that. Are there any of you 'techie types' out there that can justify that kind of money for a web page? I mean would there be that many web pages on the net if everyone was spending that kind of money to put one up and maintain it? I seriously doubt it. My guess is that your councilmen are morons.
  • by citizen Location: lagrange on Jan 6, 2009 at 10:25 AM
    The officers are NOT guaranteed a job with the LCSD, the town already has access to anything the sheriff's office offers such as drug dog, SRT, or any extra manpower needed, there is already 2 officers on duty in LA most of the time. John Craft says that it should be done because it is a service that is being duplicated by having to pay county taxes why not use LCSD, well if that is the case, tax payers already pay for landfill usage, why pay for trash pickup, there is a building inspector employed through Lenoir co. why pay a building inspector in LaGrange, the county inspector HAS to come in and do inspection anyway. Seems that the town manager and town council don't know how to budget money so they cut the one resourse that is NEEDED in LaGrange, so they can have a million dollar park, a $27,000.00 parking lot a web page that will cost $13,000.00 to start, so the no brainer here would be get rid of the town council and town manager and get NEW ones that know what they are doing!
  • by Jimmy Location: Kinston on Jan 6, 2009 at 09:56 AM
    The plan, as I understand it, is to hire the existing LaGrange officers. The town will have have 9 deputies assigned to LaGrange, 2 working all the time IN THE TOWN OF LAGRANGE. So, in that respect, the town is not loosing out on anything and is gaining a connection to a much larger department while saving the town money. It is a no-brainer...
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