Waterbury approves plan for trooper coverage

WATERBURY, Vt. (WCAX) Waterbury residents have voted to contract with the Vermont State Police for trooper coverage.

At a special meeting Tuesday night, residents passed by voice vote a plan to sign a contract that would pay upwards of $365,000 annually for two full-time troopers to cover the town for 80 hours per week.

Village residents voted in June to dissolve that municipal entity, and in doing so, shut down the local police department. Supporters argued that maintaining the village police force without financial support from the rest of the town was too costly.

A committee set up to study the issue released a report last fall that recommended the town contract with the state police until a revamped local force can be reestablished. It also suggested the town "explore" a local option tax to pay for the services.