Town buys new stun guns – The Times and Democrat

SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Police Department is bulking up not only in terms of manpower, but also with new equipment.

Springfield Town Council voted to purchase two new stun guns for the department at its September meeting. Last month, the town purchased body cameras for its officers.

Mayor Edward Furtick said the new stun guns, each of which have the capacity to subdue two suspects at the same time, will cost at total of $3,231, including battery packs and holsters, which will be paid over five years. The first year’s payment will be $735, with subsequent annual payments of $624, Furtick said.

He said the body cameras cost a total of $590.

In addition, new interiors for some of the police department’s bulletproof vests need to be purchased, the mayor noted.

He said he will discuss additional expenses in the department, including repairs to some of the police cruisers, in future council meetings.

Also in his financial report, Furtick said the town in August paid another $1,500 to the Internal Revenue Service on withholding taxes it failed to pay in 2013, 2014 and 2015 during former mayor Marilyn McCormick’s tenure. The town originally owed $50,000 to the IRS but has been making regular payments on the debt. 

Furtick said $15,000 was transferred into the town’s General Fund last month to cover 10 payments to the I.R.S. Furtick noted that in the next cycle, the I.R.S. should start automatic withdrawal of each $1,500 payment.

In other business, the mayor recommended the town sell its property at 381 Barnwell St. behind the grocery store once owned by his family. The council agreed to sell the building and land on 381 Barnwell Street, and Furtick said the minimum bid for the parcel will start at $1,500.

The mayor also reported, “We had some

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