|By David Taube, Beaver County Times, Pa.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Council voted 4-3 against continuing talks with
"This police department is not for sale," Mayor
The nearly 90-minute meeting drew more than 30 attendees, which included residents, business owners, current and former police officers, and others.
"When I go to bed at night ... I feel safe because I can call the police, and they'll be there within three, four, five minutes," borough resident
"It makes no sense to me," Mercier said, adding such a change would be "detrimental" to residents.
But he cautioned the numbers were not exact, and the calculation noted there would still be ongoing expenses, such as pension payments and contracts lost with the housing authority and
"There would still be some expenses we would be obligated to pay," Barrett said.Councilman
Mercier also questioned figures that the township's budget presents, suggesting it has not listed its police expenses as high as they actually are. A personnel expenses item in the township's 2014 budget, which includes items such as insurance costs for employees, is separate from the police budget column.
The borough's savings calculation was also based on an assumption from the township, where it estimated it could provide services to the borough for
Council members who voted in favor of continued talks were Harvey,
"It would be irresponsible of us not to look into it," White said before the vote.
Those who voted against the measure were
Scriva broke the 3-3 tie. Council members
The meeting also included a motion related to asking the township whether it might consider a proposal for the borough to provide police services to the township. The motion was not voted on due to the previous vote.
Rader said after the meeting that a decision to disband the police department would have required a referendum, with the public voting.
He said the topic comes up every few years, and council's vote Tuesday meant it could be put to rest. But he said it's inevitable that the borough will have to look at reducing police costs in the future.
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