Friday, June 17, 2016

Steuben legislators to be asked to approve special account for law enforcement memorial park

BATH – The Steuben County Legislature is expected to approve soon a special capital funds account for the proposed Law Enforcement Memorial Park, with plans to dedicate the park at the county Public Safety Building next year. County Undersheriff Jim Allard recently told members of the county Legislature’s Public Safety and Finance committees the memorial park will honor all those police and peace officers within a seven-county region who died in the line of duty. The memorial park region includes Allegany, Chemung, Livingston, Ontario, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates. For the past two years, the Steuben Sheriff’s Department has held a memorial service for all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice as they strove to serve and protect others. Plans call for the park to include a life-size bronze statue of a law officer standing in the center of a raised pedestal formed by the shape of all seven counties. The capital funds account will allow the county Sheriff’s Department to accept private donations which will only be used for the park, Allard said. No public funds will be used for the park, he said. The proposal for a special capital funds account was unanimously approved by both committees, with the full board expected to vote on the account when it meets at 10 a.m. June 27.