The Sugar Creek Board of Alderman meeting Monday was a good night for the Police Department.

The Sugar Creek Board of Alderman meeting Monday was a good night for the Police Department.

The board approved a 4 percent raise for Sugar Creek Police Chief Herb Soule to adjust with inflation. It’s increasing to $65,000 for the next four years.

“He has always done a great job, he’s always done what we’ve asked him to do. Except wash my car. I’ve asked him before, and that’s the one thing he won’t do,” Alderman Chuck Mikulich said.

The board also approved for Soule to apply for the Community Oriented Policing Services grant that would give the department $270,000 for the next three years to hire two new police officers. This would allow for three on-duty police officers at all times.

“We don’t have a high crime rate, but we certainly have areas where they can be used,” Soule said.

The Board of Alderman also approved the purchase of two unmarked police cars for $4,600.

It was also a good night for the John and Carla Marrs family. They were chosen as the Sugar Creek Family of the Year. They’re being recognized for taking care of their autistic son without federal aid, for aiding the elderly in their neighborhood and for helping their community in many other areas.

On the business front, the alderman approved an agreement to lease property at the Bluffs at Sugar Creek (currently being leased from BP Products North America) to Millenium BioEnergy LLC to build a bio-diesel facility.

They also approved the entertainment for a few city events, including a Celtic band, a swing band and a country act.

The meeting turned somber when the city administrator, Ron Martinovich brought up a list Mayor Stanley Salva asked him to write of expendable items in the 2009 city budget. He said it’s necessary to cut the budget because the sales taxes are down $349,000, or 38 percent from last year.

“I’m just bringing this to the board’s attention because there’s a need to just talk about this,” Martinovich.