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Aug 22, 2007

At a town council meeting last week, David Snyder suggested doing away with the entire Roseland Police force.

They hadn't been paid in a number of weeks, and the town’s funds are tapped dry.

But the officers will remain on duty, at least for now.

Roseland police are feeling the pinch from the small town's major financial crisis.

“We haven’t been paid in two pay periods. The money isn’t there, where it is we have no idea. That’s a complete grey area,” Craig Toner, Deputy Marshall of the Roseland Police Department, explains.

Hoping to send them to the bank with something, Wednesday the town council voted to temporarily decrease the officers pay to just six dollars an hour.

“It’s a pauper’s wage, but they have agreed and we're very thankful,” Council member Charley Shields says.

“These are good men. They’re dedicated to the citizens, and they're dedicated to the town,” adds council member Ted Penn.

The officers say their dedication is what keeps them holding on.

“There’s really not a whole lot that I would rather do. The townspeople deserve police representation; they deserve to have an officer arrive in a reasonable amount of time,” Toner says.

When the town council gets its fall tax money, the officer’s full pay will be reinstated. So, Roseland is buying time, which David Snyder says isn’t in the budget.

“They have spent all the state allowed appropriations, there is no money. It’s gone. You can pay them a dollar an hour, you still won’t have them,” Snyder says.

They'll stay for now, but they still don’t know when they'll see their next pay check.

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http://censtats.census.gov/data/IN/1601865988.pdf

Roseland has a population of 1,809.

http://www.wndu.com/home/headlines/9229911.html

Snyder suggested eliminating the police department and relying on the St. Joseph County police department instead.

http://www.wndu.com/home/headlines/7693872.html

On Friday, the Town Council approved a plan to borrow some $200-thousand to make ends meet.

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There are indications that some lenders consider Roseland to be a significant risk.

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About half of the $200-thousand would be spent to settle pending lawsuits against the town.

While this thread is in the Off Topic forum, it almost belongs in the BK forum. It appears that Roseland is insolvent and needs to return to unincorporated St. Joseph County. If the city is struggling this hard, then it seems the County can far more effectively provide services.

http://www.southbendpolice.com/jobs/index.htm

http://www.mishawakacity.com/employment.asp

Nearby Mishawaka and South Bend police departments are hiring.

http://www.sjcsheriff.com/employ.html

The Sheriff's Department is also hiring for corrections officers.

I daresay if the City of Roseland reached out to nearby departments, they would work to try and hire it's 4 full time officers and 4 reserve officers.

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Assaulting town Councilmen is no way to keep your job LOL!

Its funny when I hear that towns and cities dont have enough money, that may or may not be true but I did run into many many circumstances where they actually have huge surpluses while they talk to you about their "Budgets" all day long.

http://cafr1.com/

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Assaulting town Councilmen is no way to keep your job LOL!

Its funny when I hear that towns and cities dont have enough money, that may or may not be true but I did run into many many circumstances where they actually have huge surpluses while they talk to you about their "Budgets" all day long.

http://cafr1.com/

Virginia doesn't have the funds for major roadway improvements, that's why they have inflected new tax penalty's against VA residents for traffic violations. I don't believe they don't have the money for a minute!

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