Complex issues, few conclusions at Denver Council

By on August 21, 2013


ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent

, Staff Writer

"There is nothing new with the police contract," said Officer Darrick Kepley, president of the Police Officer’s Association. "I understand there is a meeting scheduled toward the end of August," Kepley told Denver Borough Council at their Aug.12 meeting.

"One thing I know," said Council President Walt Fink, "we can’t keep going the way we’ve been going with police costs."

"We’ve had excellent police service for 19 years from East Cocalico Police Department. These men and women have invested in our communities" said Councilman Blade Daub, summarizing statements made by several other council members. "They’ve built homes, raised families here, been involved in our public schools and we can’t just pull the rug out from under them. Cheap is not always good."

Denver, along with West Cocalico and Adamstown have requested that East Cocalico provide projections of police expenses for the coming year, even though the East Cocalico Police contract is not settled and accurate figures for pension costs are not available from the state.

Another discussion concerned options available, following Suburban Lighting Consultants, Inc. study. The $2,000 study cost would only be assessed to the borough in the event that the study showed the savings from light changes will pay for the cost of privatization in a 10-year period and the borough decides not to proceed with the utility privatization program.

Borough manager, Mike Hession, said the borough’s cost, in the worst case scenario, is $254.69 to purchase the street light system from PPL. In comparison, SLC’s cost estimate from PPL for the borough to purchase the street light system directly from PPL and not through SLC is $427,203.60.

The SLC feasibility study, using current rates, projects savings of approximately $50,670 per year. The system will pay for itself within 10 years.

"I said this before," said Fink. "When this subject first started, we took a ride to Downingtown where the switch was made. It’s quite a difference with the clear, white lights."

Other advantages to the borough include potential 70 percent reduction in energy use with the switch to LED bulbs; ability to use savings to pay back borrowing needed to purchase and replace street lights; improved safety and security with better light levels of LED bulbs; LED lights include a minimum 20-year life expectancy and a 10-year warranty; LED lights are manufactured in the U.S.A. and contain no mercury or hazardous material; and the borough would greatly reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Borough council discussed options and decided talking with an SLC representative at a council meeting would be useful. Hession will contact SLC and arrange for a representative to come.

In other business:

Hession reported the old, Denver Park Scout Cabin, ruined by flood waters two years ago, is razed. Plans for the new, stand-alone cabin continue with an Aug. 14 meeting of all entities involved. Officially FEMA and PEMA granted the cabin project another three-month extension, until Dec. 12.

Hession announced the borough’s fire siren is being repaired. The siren is offline, due to a possible fire hazard while BayComm, Inc. the company who installed the siren, orders a replacement part.

Three of the four new cameras for Denver Park have been installed.

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