Bob Joseph/WNBF News [file[[/caption]The Owego Village Board is moving ahead with an application for funding to study the possible dissolution of the Village Police Department.

The grant application must be approved by the Tioga County Public Safety Committee before moving forward.

Speakers at the board meeting were split between residents questioning public safety and others saying they approved of attempts to save money.

The Police Benevolent Association, Police Chief Karen Vinti and some residents claimed the Village Board was making important decisions without allowing public input on the issue.

The Board, in budget negotiations, had already eliminated funding for two police positions that are currently unfilled.