Tuesday, October 11, 2011
|The Cruisin Columbia Car Show is the biggest fund-raiser for the Columbia K-9 Campaign|
At Monday's borough council meeting, a gift was given to ensure the program's success for the future.
The Columbia K-9 Campaign, a community organization formed to assist with the funding for the program, announced they would fund the purchase of a 2011 Crown Victoria car for the program, to replace the current vehicle, which is constantly being repaired. The Campaign will pay $3,400 over the next four years as part of a municipal lease, which will cover half the cost of a vehicle. In addition, once current K-9 Officer Max retires in about two years, the Campaign will also fund the officer's replacement.
Councilmen Mike Beury, a member of the K-9 Campaign, made the announcement, which was met with deep appreciation.
“The work you (K-9 Campaign) do is incredible and we appreciate it,” said Jim Smith, councilmen.
“This is a generous offer,” said Mayor Leo Lutz.
The Crown Vics will no longer be made. Interim Police Chief Jack Brommer was able to find a model that could have all the current equipment transferred.
“Officer Ed Mann (Max' handler) is a big part of this and deserves a lot of thanks,” said Connie Beury, a key member of the K-9 Campaign.
“This is a huge plus for the borough,” said Mary Barninger, council woman.