Ilion Community Watch has teamed up with Verizon Wireless to bring safety and security to the community.
During Monday night’s Ilion Community Watch meeting, the program announced it has received 14 new Samsung cell phones courtesy of Verizon Wireless. The donated phones each have 3,000 minutes of use per year and will assist in the crossing guards ability to better help school children. Personal use and texting on the phones is not allowed. In an emergency or time of need the crossing guards will be able to contact emergency services, a school facility or even allow a student to call home.
“These phones are very much appreciated,” said Ilion Community Watch Police Liaison and Ilion Police Captain Laurie DeVaul.
In other business, community watch members discussed the popularized synthetic drug, bath salts, and how the drug has become out of control. Community Watch President Keith Dye explained to members the drugs are not actual bath salts. “They are referred to as bath salts because they are crystallized and resemble the bath salts.”
“Bath salts are a synthetic narcotic designer cocaine new to the area,” Captain DeVaul stated. She added, “Bath salts are very dangerous because they cause people to become paranoid, violent, and uncontrollable.”
“As fast as the laws are amended, people are coming out with something else and It’s a real problem,” said Brian Lamica, a member of Ilion Community Watch.
Animal Control Officer Keith Neale gave an update involving animal control and village codes regulations.
“A lot of people are new to the area and other residents just don’t know the village rules,” Neale said. He added that in order to inform the residents, colored flyers which include both animal control and village codes regulations will be handed out to community members. Boy Scout Troops 8 and 9 of Ilion will help to spread the flyers throughout village over the course of the summer.
The Ilion Days Committee will be providing free car seat inspections on the north side of Slocum-Dickson in Ilion on July 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Ilion Community Watch mascot, McGruff, will be featured in the Ilion Day’s Doo-Dah parade on July 20.