Why don't Perkins police patrol by Furry School anymore?
I chatted on Tuesday with Perkins Police Chief Ken Klamar about this issue. He said he's been working directly with Furry Elementary administrators to try to resolve some of the traffic issues outside the school at the end of the school day. When the department had an officer posted outside the school to deter parents from parking along the roadway, parents were finding a different street to line up on, causing traffic problems someplace else. Klamar said the police department doesn't want to crack down on parents who simply want to pick up their kids from school. But, there are undeniably traffic flow issues. The problem stems from the school gates being closed until the very end of the school day. The school doesn't open the gates earlier because there's a gym class outside until just before school ends. Obviously there's safety concerns preventing the school administrators from allowing cars into the parking lot while students are outside for gym class. Klamar said there isn't an immediate answer, but the police are working with the school to try to improve the situation. Until then, you're unlikely to see a cruiser parked at Furry School to deter traffic backups. With recent reductions to the police department's staff (Perkins Township had to eliminate four officer positions due to budget issues), the department is focusing on keeping up with call responses. Klamar said, however, the department is happy to take calls anytime a resident might have concerns with a traffic situation. Perkins police can be reached at 419-627-0824.