Of the (young) people… Students get opportunity to participate on Denver council

By on November 30, 2016

Denver Borough Council annually invites high school students interested in participating in local government to apply for consideration as a junior council person.

The junior council member updates council on happenings at the high school and may participate in council discussions. Junior council members can not cast votes.

Council approved inviting the two junior council candidates, Katie Carrasco and Sarah Register, seniors at Cocalico High School, to its Dec. 12 meeting. Previously, when council determined both candidates were highly qualified, they permitted each to serve by sharing the responsibilities.

During the monthly police report, East Cocalico Police Chief Terry Arment reported the department recently promoted Corporals Darrick Kepley and Chris Progin to Sergeant.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Arment. “We put all promotions on hold during the two years of regionalization talks. Sergeants Ray Burns and Larry Martin retired years ago. These two men stepped up and assumed some administrative duties. We’re happy to be able to promote them.”

Arment reported 806 calls for service for the month of October. There were 21 criminal cases and 14 have been closed. In Denver, a 14-year-old juvenile assaulted a parent, who required medical treatment. Another assault incident at a Denver residence also required medical treatment.

On Halloween night, 300 flashing, safety lights were given to youngsters in Denver, Arment said.

Councilman Mike Gensemer complimented Arment on the competent, caring, and assuring demeanor witnessed during a police response when a close relative took a bad fall.

“The police, as well as the medics were needed,” Gensemer said. He particularly noted the compassion shown by Officer Chris Luongo.

In other business:

* Council authorized Blake Daub, president, or Chris Flory, vice president, to execute the Police Service Pricing Contract Agreement from 2017 through 2020 with the East Cocalico Township Police Department.

The 2017 police coverage cost is $501,000, which in the agreement is called a “base.” In 2018 there will be a 4 percent increase, in 2019 a 4.5 percent increase and a 4 percent increase in 2020, officials said.

During public comment, resident Mike Cohick said he’d like to see council seek bids from other police departments to make sure Denver’s getting the best deal possible.

“It’s a lot of money,” said Cohick.

* Director of Public Works George Whetsel reported much time was spent during the last six weeks on leaf collection.

Other notable items included that the filter plant is up and running in the system, information from 1989-2003 was compiled for the Susquehanna Basin report, a 10-inch water line break on Monroe Street on Nov. 27 was repaired, and 20 title transfer sidewalk inspections were completed.

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