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Waterloo PD first in state to get new, improved tasers

Jack O’Connor’s first Village Board meeting as mayor was relatively uneventful.

The highlight may have been news from Police Chief Jason Godley that the department now has the latest in Tasers for its officers, the first department in the state with the newest technology in subduing an unruly person.

“Sgt. Rod Kraft and Officer Matthew Scaglione were trained in the use of the Taser 7s. They are a big improvement over the old Tasers. These will penetrate heavy winter clothing and really bring a person to their knees,’’ Godley said.

“When the old ones were tested on officers, some were able to fight through the electric charge and attack. The new ones stopped them right in their tracks,’’ he said.

Kraft and Scaglione will now train the rest of the department on the use of the new Tasers before they are put into use.

Otherwise, the proposed 2019-20 village budget drew no comments at the public hearing. The board later voted 5-0 to adopt the $3.63 million spending plan. The budget is up 5.7 percent over this year’s budget. The tax levy is $2.83 million, up 5.8 percent, but the tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value will remain at $17.61. The new budget goes into effect June 1.

During the annual organizational meeting, O’Connor announced two new appointments. He named Trustee Les Marquart as deputy mayor, succeeding Trustee Gina Suffredini. He also named Ron Bird as the village code enforcement officer, a part-time position. He succeeds Dan Driscoll.

Appointments proposed by O’Connor that were approved by the board were Don Northrup, as village administrator-clerk-treasurer for another four-year term and the law firm of Dennis Benjamin and Susan James as village attorneys for a one-year term.

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