East Cocalico places counter offers for police service

By on September 9, 2015

The East Cocalico supervisors at a special mid-afternoon Tuesday, Sept. 8, meeting voted 2-to-1 to make a multi-year, police service counter proposal to West Cocalico Township and Adamstown Borough.
Supervisors Alan Fry and Noelle Fortna voted yes. Chairman Doug Mackley voted no.
Mackley explained that he didn’t wish to vote until after a Thursday, Sept. 10, executive session called by the Police Officers Association to discuss ideas for cost containment.
“I’d just like to say that I know over the years I’ve been perceived as the naysayer of the group,” he said. “My concerns are that East Cocalico residents have subsidized this police effort for hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years and I’d hope that any vote taken about East Cocalico Police is not because of me, because that would be childish.”
Both Fry and Fortna agreed Mackley made a good point. They said they felt a sense of urgency to get the counter offer out.
Supervisor Noelle Fortna said, “We gave out numbers for police service months ago and the numbers that have come out (from Ephrata Borough) our so close to our numbers.”

Photo by Preston Whitcraft Members of the public, East Cocalico police officers, and municipal officials were on hand for a special township meeting Tuesday afternoon.

Photo by Preston Whitcraft
Members of the public, East Cocalico police officers, and municipal officials were on hand for a special township meeting Tuesday afternoon.

The East Cocalico coverage offer to West Cocalico includes $803,333.89 for 2016 (Ephrata’s offer was $787,119 plus a start-up cost of $47,000); $810,000 for 2017; $836,000 for 2018; $865,000 for 2019 and $896,000 for 2020. The last four years are rounded up to the nearest dollar and match Ephrata’s offer.
The East Cocalico coverage offer to Adamstown includes $220,000 for 2016 (Ephrata’s offer was $197,000 plus a start-up cost of $23,000); $202,000 in 2017; $209,000 in 2018; $216,000 in 2019 and $224,000 in 2020. The last four years match Ephrata’s offer.
“We’d like to make a counter offer to keep the police force together for the whole Cocalico School District,” said Fry.
“On two occasions police have discussed things we could do to keep costs down,” said East Cocalico Police Corporal Christopher Progin.
West Cocalico Township supervisors at their Sept. 3 meeting approved a five-year police service contract with Ephrata Borough Police.
The meeting room was full with several East Cocalico Police officers and their Chief George Beever, as well as citizens and municipal officers from each of the four municipalities (Adamstown, Denver, East and West Cocalico townships) now covered by East Cocalico Police.
The majority of citizens represented have publicly stated their support for remaining with the coverage provided for decades by the East Cocalico Police Department.

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