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Moore supervisors OK new police vehicle purchase

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by BILL LEINER JR. Special to The Press in Local News

At their Oct. 3 meeting, Moore Township supervisors only needed a few minutes to discuss and unanimously vote for a new police vehicle.

The vehicle, a 2017 Ford Explorer with a price tag of $47,000, will replace the police department’s Crown Victoria.

Richard Gable, board treasurer/secretary, in his support for the new vehicle, said, “The Crown Vic has 180,000 miles and will not pass inspection.”

Vice Chairman Daniel Piorkowski raised a concern about the change in police services in Bath Borough. Recently, Bath has pulled out of the Colonial Regional Police Department. The Pennsylvania State Police will provide policing services as early as January 2018. Negotiations are underway to have Bath’s exit proposal accepted as soon as possible. If the proposal is not accepted, state police may not take over until January 2019.

Piorkowski expressed concern about the mutual aid Moore Township police provides to Bath.

“Will our police have to go to Bath more? Will this cost our taxpayers more?” he asked. “The state police have maybe two officers on (duty) to cover a wide area,” he said.

According to Gable, Moore uses state police for mutual aid and cautioned about speculating on its coverage.

Piorkowski asked if the solicitor could research the issues surrounding mutual aid. Solicitor Dave Backenstoe agreed to do the research.

In other matters, the police report indicated 255 incidents with four arrests, including public drunkenness, dog confinement and harassment, for September. There were 27 fire calls and 55 ambulance calls.

In a township road department report, Chairman David Tashner said there will likely be increased truck traffic in the township due to the warehouses being built in Allen and East Allen townships.

In his solicitor’s report, Backenstoe said he is finishing an ordinance that restricts people from living in their recreational vehicles. Some township residents, he said, have either allowed or have been living in their RVs. The ordinance, if approved, would limit residing in an RV on a person’s property to seven consecutive days in a 60-day period.

The ordinance will be forwarded to the township planning commission for review.

Trick-or-treat night will be held 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31.

Because the November meeting falls on Election Day, the supervisors changed the meeting to Nov. 9. It will be held 7 p.m. at the Moore Township Municipal Building, 2491 Community Drive, Bath.