New transport company helps provide for new K-9

By: 
Dennis Mansfield, Contributing Writer

KALKASKA – The Village of Kalkaska might be the one welcoming a new business to town, but it was the business, All Green Transport, which provided the house-warming gift.

At its regular monthly meeting Monday, Aug. 12, the Kalkaska Village Council unanimously voted, 6-0, to accept a donation of $13,500 from the medical marijuana transport company.

Trustee Diana Needham was absent.

According to the agreement approved Monday night, the donation will be used by the Kalkaska Department of Public Safety to purchase and train a K-9 dog. The resolution also calls for the creation of a new budget line item to allow for future donations in support of the K-9 unit.

“We already have the vehicle,” said village manager Scott Yost, who is also the KDPS director.

The new K-9 will be the partner of Officer Cole Nagy, who recently returned to the local law enforcement agency after a short stay in Florida. He and his new partner will be attending a five-week training course in September.

Nagy said the K-9 will be trained to detect various narcotics, on subject apprehension and detention, and for search and rescue.

“We’d be the only (police) dog in the county,” he added. “It’s going to be here to serve the entire county.”

Because of the duties of the new K-9, both Nagy and Sgt. Aaron Popa said the department would be seeking a dog that’s not overly aggressive.

“We want to take it into the schools and show it to students, too,” Nagy said.

“A lot of the dog’s work will be finding missing people, especially kids,” Popa added. “We don’t want the dog to be aggressive in those situations.”

Representatives of All Green Transport, its president Chuck Fisher and chief financial officer Anjanette Curry, made a presentation on the business and how they want to celebrate coming to Kalkaska by providing the donation.

“What we want is Kalkaska to be our headquarters,” Fisher said. “We are extremely proud and excited to become a member of the Kalkaska community.”

According to both company and village officials, All Green Transport recently entered into a long-term rental agreement with Hague Equipment for a building on East Park Drive in the South Industrial Park.

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