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Moriah PD’s future questioned

Trustee wonders if police are necessary

Is the Moriah Police Department a good investment? That’s the question Tim Garrison is asking. The town councilman has initiated a discussion on the future of the agency.

Is the Moriah Police Department a good investment? That’s the question Tim Garrison is asking. The town councilman has initiated a discussion on the future of the agency.

— Scozzafava doesn’t see the need for increase road spending or a town manager. He pointed out the vast majority of roads in the town are the responsibility of the state and county. A town manager’s duties would be limited by the state constitution.

“This isn’t Vermont; we have a different form of government here,” Scozzafava said. “A supervisor’s duties are outlined by state law. I have to do the work outlined by the state constitution. That doesn’t leave much for a town manager. What would a town manager do? It would just be another layer of bureaucracy.”

Scozzafava agreed with Garrison that the future of the Moriah Police Department should not and will not be determined by the town board. If the community expresses interest in eliminating the department, he said, it will go to a public referendum.

“These are tough decisions,” Scozzafava said. Ultimately we have to live within our means and make do with what we have.”

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