The Town of Enfield will consider a potential Tompkins County Sheriff Department satellite office at its Nov. 13 Town Board meeting.
The proposal, as it currently stands, would utilize the town's old Highway garage as the office. The space has been reviewed by Derek Osborne, the county sheriff, as well as Enfield's county representatives in the Tompkins County Legislature Dave McKenna and Anne Koreman, who all agreed that the space would be a suitable spot.
While the final vote would take place Nov. 13, public comments are welcome for submission until Nov. 6, either by written submission sent to 168 Enfield Main Road, Ithaca, NY 14850 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments will also be heard at the Nov. 6 Town Board meeting, which will be held at the Enfield Community Building at 182 Enfield Main Road.
According to a press release from the Town of Enfield, the office would be used to handle call loads Enfield and the west side of Ithaca. Enfield resident Darren McGee originally proposed the plan to Osborne, the announcement stated. The goals of the proposal are listed as: reducing response times, building a relationship with law enforcement through school and community engagement, potential decrease in crime and increase safety and emergency response in the Towns of Enfield, Newfield and Ulysses.
It's not yet exactly clear how much manpower would be dedicated to the office, and how often it would be staffed, though Enfield Town Supervisor Beth McGee said she assumes that one officer would report to the new location, using it as a headquarters of sorts while patrolling. As for costs, McGee said they don't anticipate there being much long-term spending dedicated to opening the office beyond paying for heat, and that Enfield has not proposed charging rent from the Sheriff's Office. Barring something unexpected, she said there doesn't appear to be any potential costs that would outweigh the benefits that would come with having a closer police presence.
"We're talking about a small upstart of funds to get the space updated and consider the heating/cooling issue, and some cosmetic/safety items and hope that won't exceed $6,000.000," McGee wrote in an email. "This is comfortably within our fund balance this year, so it should be doable."