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UPDATE: La Porte City Council votes to keep police on staff

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Many residents in La Porte City were pleased with the city council's decision not to make any cuts on the city's police force.

Newly-elected mayor David Neil said the cuts were necessary to pay for aging infrastructure and improve roads, but some felt the department was being unfairly targeted.

The city council voted 4-0 to keep all police on staff.

Neil had told police Chief Larry Feaker to draft a department budget with a 30 percent reduction.

But it was clear at the city council meeting that the majority of residents were against any kind of reduction on the police staff.

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Major cuts could be in store for the La Porte City Police Department.

Newly-elected mayor David Neil said the cuts are necessary to pay for aging infrastructure, but some feel the department is being unfairly targeted.

Currently, La Porte City has four full-time and four part-time officers.

According to the City Clerk, Neil told Police Chief Larry Feaker to draft a department budget with a 30 percent reduction.

KWWL called Neil to confirm that, but he declined to speak in person or on-camera, and said he didn't know that 30 percent was the number. But Feaker said the number didn't come out of thin air.

The mayor wouldn't clarify his position, saying it's too early in the process to discuss it.

Alisha Evans is the wife of a La Porte City officer.

"I just feel the police department is being targeted," she said.

Feaker said if the diminished budget is passed, his department will have to cut officers.

The previous mayor of 14 years, Rick Lubben, wouldn't comment on the cuts, but did speak about the current state of the department.

"In my opinion, we are well staffed and staffed well in the police department," Lubben said. "This is the staff level people wanted."

The proposal is scheduled for discussion at the City Council meeting on Monday.

The location of the meeting has been moved to accommodate expected high attendance. It will be at the La Porte City Community Center at 7 p.m.

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