Roe retires as Coloma Twp. police chief

Don Campbell / HP staff The Coloma Charter Township Hall is pictured April 7, 2018.

COLOMA — Coloma Township will not have a police chief after Nov. 24.

It was announced at Wednesday’s Township Board meeting that Police Chief Jason Roe will retire as of that date.

When asked if the township will start a search for a new police chief, Supervisor Ken Parrigin said it is “on hold” for the time being.

Roe said he has been with the Coloma Township Police Department all of his career, 17 years, and was eligible for retirement after 15 years. He said he will start with the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office after his retirement.

The Township Board thanked Roe for his years of service. He became chief in 2015.

In other business, the Amicus Dog Park in Coloma Township will now open sometime next spring.

Caleigh Dahn, who is creating the dog park for her Girl Scout Gold Award Project, clarified some information about the project at the Wednesday meeting.

She said she needs $3,000 more for the project because in September she was told she needed to get commercial-grade fencing for the park. She said she was able to salvage and return the residential-grade fencing that she had started putting up at the site for a complete refund. 

Dahn suggested several ways to fund the upgraded fences, including the township contributing part, or all, of the money or holding a fundraiser in the spring.

The Township Board told her to meet with the township’s park committee to discuss funding options.  

Roxann Daughtery, the mother of the woman who lives next to the dog park, said the civil rights complaints that were filed against the Township Board because of the dog park are still under investigation. 

Misty Ketcham filed the complaints with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights in September alleging the township violated the rights of her disabled daughter with the dog park. 

The Township Board is working on drafting an ordinance that will ban any marijuana sales in the township. Trustees discussed the possibility of holding a special meeting before their next regular meeting in December to vote on the ordinance. 

Parrigin reported that the township and the county are working on alieving the flooding on and around Paw Paw Lake Road.

At last month’s meeting the owners of 60 properties petitioned the township to help with the flooding. 

Parrigin said they came up with a cheaper solution that involves cleaning out existing ditches and digging more. He said they are working on a long-term plan to keep the ditches clean. 

Parrigin reported that the township is one step away from being in compliance with state requirements to separate the township’s administration department and police department with a physical barrier.

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