While Indian Trail leaders want to keep a new town hall in the historic downtown, they voted Tuesday to look at properties along U.S. 74 to house Union County Sheriff's officers who work in Indian Trail.
Indian Trail does not have its own police department, and the town recently signed a five-year contract with the sheriff's office to contract deputies to cover Indian Trail. Part of the contract includes providing adequate space for the officers to work; the sheriff's office has said it would work with the town to pay for a space.
Town employees have said that residents often come into Town Hall asking about public safety issues, such as filing a police report or getting a gun permit.
Indian Trail now pays for 13 sheriff's officers to work in Indian Trail. The sheriff also has regular county officers who work a western zone than includes Indian Trail. Their home base is a room in Indian Trail's town hall and office space in the Old Hickory Business Park.
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“If we're going to have an effective (public safety) program, doing it like we've been doing it isn't going to work,” said Mayor John Quinn.
Sgt. Chase Coble, who manages the contract sheriff's officers in Indian Trail, has said officers need interview rooms, storage and more work space. Indian Trail's public safety location could serve as a western Union County satellite office for the sheriff's office.
The council voted 4-1 Tuesday to look at renting a building on U.S. 74 and to discuss cost sharing with the sheriff's office. Council member Jeff Goodall voted against the motion. He said he didn't want Indian Trail paying too much for space that would be used by officers who patrol areas outside the town, or residents from outside Indian Trail.
“I just don't want to see Indian Trail citizens footing the bill for what may be beyond the scope of our responsibility – for providing housing for deputies on duty,” Goodall said. “Are we just going to foot the bill for the whole area?” Marty Minchin