The existing model of law enforcement where we have local patrol and constable to perform specialty services (like serving warrants and civil papers) will be the same upon incorporation. The county sheriff will continue to perform broad duties through the county tax levy. These services include communications (dispatch), detective division, K9 units, administrative support, SWAT team, crime scene investigation, auto theft task force, hostage negotiation, mobile command unit, and other county-wide services.
Note that the difference will be that local patrol will be staffed by city police and not the county sheriff. Additional officers in later years are planned to enhance community policing. Community policing focuses on a proactive, rather than reactive, response to neighborhood crime by addressing problems at their source.
First, the residents need to vote and approve incorporation and the dissolution of the Township. There are two separate propositions and both must pass. Upon passage, the City adopts the responsibilities of the Township and other government agencies (except the MUDs) and is our "interim city government".
We elect the initial city council and mayor (all unpaid positions)
A home rule charter committee, led by residents, writes the home rule charter to specify how the city will operate
Voters approve the home rule charter, or do not approve and the committee reworks the charter
Once the new city is in place, the city government could consider adopting the MUDs.
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* Electing leaders that work for us and only us
* Making our own decisions on roads and road expansions
* Local decisions on development changes (re-plats)
* Reduction of bureaucracy by eliminating fragmented government
* Single point focus on drainage and flooding
* Don't allow new or re-developed areas to flood neighbors
* Unified police patrols and community policing
* Formal recognition as a city by post office, feds and state
* Economic development tools (RDZs)
* Permanent freedom from annexation regardless of current legislation or contract