Police regionalization meeting set in Clay

By on July 27, 2011

By: JACQUELINE WATSON Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

The Clay Township board of supervisors gave an update at their July 11 meeting on the current status of the move toward the possibility of police regionalization.

Clay Township has been holding regular meetings in collaboration with Penn and Warwick townships regarding a possible regionalized police force covering the three municipalities. A recent meeting included 13 supervisors from the respective townships.

Clay Township Manager Bruce Leisey said he originally hoped the three townships would be ready to hold a public hearing in August, but it now appears that they will not be ready until September. When asked what the current stage of the process was, Leisey informed those present that the three townships were in the process of finalizing details such as the charter and potential contract issues. The charter will include the by-laws of the organization.

"The feeling is, if we’re going to have a public meeting, we want to tie it into approval of the charter which would basically be when you sort of agree that you’re going forward," Leisey said. "So, it might seem simple, but it takes a lot of time to get this charter finalized."

Part of the reason for this delay is that the three townships are trying to proceed cautiously. This cautious approach not only includes finalizing details, it also extends to not calling a public hearing before they have concrete information to give to the residents.

Chairman Timothy Lausch pointed out, "When we get to that public meeting, we want to try to be able to answer. We want to try to have numbers. We just want to be able to answer all the questions."

Before concluding, Lausch reaffirmed the status of regionalization saying, "Everything looks positive, at least at this point."

After it was noted that some money had been spent in this move toward regionalization, the board affirmed this fact and warned that more money would be spent but that it was already expected and budgeted. Eventually police regionalization is expected to cut costs for the taxpayers.

In other business, both a bicycle ride and a run sought permission to use Clay Township roads. The bicycle ride request was for the Lancaster Bicycle Club Ride on Aug. 21 and received approval from both the board and Chief of Police William Leighty. Use of the roads for a run was requested for the Winning Wealth Run on Nov. 19. This request received approval from the board contingent on approval from Leighty which there had not yet been time to obtain. More CLAY, page A6

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