Township officials discuss school resource officer

By on June 22, 2011

By: GARY P. KLINGER Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

Whether or not a school resource officer is stationed at Ephrata High School next spring depends on action being considered by Ephrata Township Supervisors.

At their June 7 meeting, Ephrata Police Chief William Harvey updated supervisors on the consideration of a new three-year contract which would fund the placement of an officer in the building from July 1, 2011 through July 30, 2014.

As has been the case with the two previous contracts for a school resource officer, the school district would contribute 50 percent of the cost while the four municipalities within the district would each sharing a portion of the remaining 50 percent. The amount paid by each municipality would be determined by student population from each.

Harvey said Ephrata Township’s share of the cost would likely decrease in the new contract since the number of students from the township has decreased.

However, the supervisors have plenty of time to mull over their decision to continue with any contribution in the future since the contract will keep officer Pete Sheppard in the halls through the end of 2011.

Supervisors agreed at their Tuesday night meeting to revisit the matter at a later date.

? In other township news, manager Steve Sawyer updated supervisors on the progress being made at the playground located at the new township park.

Sawyer said the playground equipment was scheduled for delivery on June 15. Playground surfacing material is scheduled for installation the week of July 5.

? Township solicitor Charles Sheidy discussed a proposed ordinance prohibiting parking on the east side of Hammon Avenue. A public hearing will be held on July 5 prior to supervisors voting on whether or not to approve the ordinance.

That portion of Hammon Avenue had been changed to no parking on a trial basis. This ordinance would make that change permanent. Concerns had been raised regarding the safety of pedestrians, especially during sporting events at Ephrata School District fields located along Hammon Avenue. With cars parked on both sides of the street, visibility is significantly reduced making crossing quite hazardous.

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