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Woodmen of the World donate $4,800 for new Landis police motorcycle

LANDIS — Landis Police Chief Kenny Isenhour said at Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting that in recent years, it’s become difficult to be a business that supports police officers.

“You know, there are a lot of folks out here who will look for any opportunity to be against law enforcement. A lot of companies are. A lot of entities are. And for a company like Woodmen of the World … to have a local chapter step out on that ledge and endorse us in the way that they are, they deserve a great commendation,” Isenhour said.

Woodmen of the World is a life insurance business with a chapter in Landis. The business responded to a request from the Landis Police Department for $4,800 to buy a motorcycle.

“We’re really excited because we’re always looking to try to help our police departments, our fire departments. That is our focus,” Woodmen of the World member Jason Rollins said. “So when they came to us and we had some discussion for a motorcycle that they were looking to purchase, we didn’t skip a beat.”

Isenhour said after the meeting that the motorcycle the department wants is an electric one.

“When they were talking about the Carolina Thread Trail coming through and developing the area around (Lake Corriher,) we were talking about — within the Police Department and the town administration — about how we can patrol that area,” Isenhour said. “And we didn’t want to have something that would be loud or intrusive in that environment, because it’s quiet and it’s peaceful.”

Isenhour said the department did some research and found a company called Zero Motorcycles, which makes electric motorcycles.

“They’re quiet. Very low maintenance. Good for what we need them for,” Isenhour said.

Isenhour said the department had about $6,500 in trade equity from a previously owned vehicle.

“So actually the town doesn’t have any original money in this motorcycle,” Isenhour said. “It’s totally through donations and grants.”

Isenhour said that although the board didn’t have to financially support the purchase, it did support it in another way.

“The board liked the idea when I talked to the mayor. They’re very environment-conscious,” Isenhour said. “And we’re in the electricity business, so they liked the electric theme.”

Isenhour said the department has purchased the motorcycle and is training officers to use it.

Because the motorcycle is electric, it won’t require much maintenance after that, he said.

“With this vehicle, about half of the cost is the battery. And the battery is warranteed about five years, probably lasts seven or eight years,” Isenhour said. “You don’t change oil; you don’t do anything,”

Woodmen of the World members Rollins, Tim Corriher, James Shaver and Bill Hodge presented the check for $4,800 to the board.

Other items on the agenda included:

• Town Manager Reed Linn said parts of North Main Street will be closed over the next two weeks.

Linn said the closures would be caused by the cross connection for the water improvement project along North Main Street.

He said the road will be one lane between the intersection of North Main and West Laurel streets and  North Main and West Limits streets.

• The board approved the date for its next budget workshop.

The meeting will be at 5:15 p.m. April 23 at Town Hall. The meeting is open to the public.

• The board adopted proclamations in support of Marsy’s Law and Relay for Life Day.

Contact reporter Jessica Coates at 704-797-4222.

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