Chief Beever marks 30 years of service
ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent
, Staff Writer
Pennsylvania Representative Mindy Fee opened the East Cocalico Supervisors Aug. 23 meeting by reading a citation from the PA House of Representatives honoring East Cocalico Police Chief, George Beever, on his 30 years of employment and service to the East Cocalico Police Department.
Beever is the longest employed police department person in East Cocalico Township’s history.
Joining in the celebration was Supervisor Chairman Doug Mackley, who also serves as Police Commissioner; supervisors Noelle Fortna and Alan Fry, along with other township dignitaries, employees and the audience.
Police Chief Beever noted in his monthly report that there were 666 calls for police in July 2013. Many months are averaging about 1,000 calls.
Supervisors approved creating a police board, with the first meeting of the board set for Thursday, Aug. 29 at the East Cocalico Municipal Building.
This meeting will not be a public meeting because no quorum is present. A quorum would require that the meeting be advertised for the public.
West Cocalico Township, Adamstown and Denver formerly contracted police services from East Cocalico Township. When a proposed new police contract, written by East Cocalico Supervisors, was circulated in June 2013 to the three municipalities they balked at some changes which they deemed financially unfeasible. Following actions at a regional leaders meeting in July and a meeting of the three entities leaders and East Cocalico Supervisors in August, it was agreed that a police board would be a proper way to discuss and mediate differences relating to a new police contract.
Each municipality will have two representatives, with each township having no more than one governing body member appointed to the board to avoid a quorum of that governing body. The police officers association will appoint a representative to the board, and the Police Chief will be part of the board.
The board will have advisory powers and duties to review and comment on the draft East Cocalico Township Police Department budget and functions that are not considered confidential, such as personnel matters.
Members of the board will serve without pay.
East Cocalico supervisors appointed Noelle Fortna and Dr. Ken McCrea as East Cocalico representatives to the police board.
In other business, supervisors:
Authorized forwarding to the East Cocalico Township Water Authority the proposed 2014 rental agreement, which remains the same as in 2013, at $975 per month for a total of $11,700 annually.
Approved correspondence to Adamstown, Denver and West Cocalico Township indicating that East Cocalico Township is willing to rent the existing police station, located in the downstairs area of the township municipal building, to any new Cocalico Regional Police Agency which may be created in the coming year.
Heard zoning officer, Tony Luongo report that 27 permits were issued in July, 11 false alarm violations occurred, 11 code violations were acted upon, and a dozen other zoning issues received action. One situation involved a court date with the District Magistrate, where fines and court costs were assessed to a property owner with repeated violations over a number of years.
The next East Cocalico supervisors meeting on Sept. 4 will be held at the Smokestown Fire Company.