Starting its own police department would be an expensive proposition for the city of Stewartville, Paul Thomas told the City Council at a recent meeting. Thomas, of 1117 Petersen Court Northwest, told the Council he and his wife moved here from a city of 11,000 residents in central New York about 11 months ago. "Just to clarify, (the town's) proximity to New York City is similar to Stewartville's (proximity) to Chicago, about five hours and a galaxy away," he said. Concerned the city's contract with Olmsted County has increased 20 percent for 2022 and another 20 percent for 2023, the City Council has discussed the possibility of the city having its own local police force. But getting a new police department up and running requires much more than hiring a few people and purchasing some cars, said Thomas, who spoke during the open mike portion of the Council's Tuesday, June 14 meeting... For more on this story pick up your copy of the July 5 Stewartville STAR.