East Cocalico approves police taser proposal

By on September 14, 2011

By: ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

East Cocalico supervisors approved spending $5,700 to purchase four tasers for the East Cocalico Police Department.

Supervisors, at their Sept. 7 meeting held at Reamstown Fire Hall, noted the intensive training officers go through, having to experience the taser themselves.

Recently, officers dealt with an unruly individual over an extended time period where pepper spray was required.

"Unfortunately we had pepper spray cross contamination" resulting in an officer being sprayed, East Cocalico Police Chief George Beever said.

Supervisors previously studied the police department’s taser proposal for a month, submitting several questions to the department.

Chief Beever reported that thefts from unlocked vehicles in residential areas continue to be a problem. Most often cash and GPS units are stolen.

"By October," Beever said, "we are to have numbers for (the 2012) budget for the new county radio system which is coming."

Beever thanked the township personnel who replaced the ceiling tiles in the police department’s meeting room. Many were badly damaged.

Supervisors gave Stony Run Fields preliminary subdivision land development plan a time extension until Dec. 8. Stony Run Improvements preliminary land development plan was granted a time extension until December 24.

Conditional approval was given to the Weaver/Zimmerman Annexation Plan. Also, several items addressed in a Becker Engineering letter for this plan must be resolved.

Todd Sechrist received approval for an escrow reduction of $30,000. Lied said "the (storm water management) project is substantially completed."

In other business, East Cocalico Manager Mark Hiester said motorists will appreciate the white light scheduled to be installed at Bunker Hill Road and Route 272.

The Denver Road Bridge was taken off the county list for funding. Hiester will work on a setting up a meeting for property owners at the entrance to the bridge and the public to discuss the status of the bridge. Tentatively, the timeframe for the meeting is the month of October.

Supervisor Noelle Fortna reported that B.C. Chicken might be interested in purchasing 1975 Reading Road. The property, purchased jointly by East and West Cocalico townships, Denver and Adamstown boroughs, was originally scheduled to become a local, family recreation facility. With the poor economy it was not financially prudent to proceed with this plan.

Supervisor Allan Fry said 11,000 people attended the E. Cocalico Pool over the summer. Next year’s improvements include budgeting for additional chaise lounges.

Supervisor Chairman Doug Mackley noted that dumpsters for cardboard and magazines will be placed near the Woody Waste site. These are for use by East Cocalico residents only.

The next supervisor’s meeting is at 9 a.m. on Sept. 21 in the East Cocalico Township Building. The change of time will be advertised.

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