It was just an agenda item, but one that gave a glimpse into the future of the East Franklin Township Police Department.
Supervisors last Tuesday approved the purchase of a 911/police emergency radio for the police department at a total cost of $3,210.20.
For more than a year, supervisors have tossed around the idea of eliminating the police department. They even initiated a state study to consider a merger with North Buffalo Township police department. Furthermore, there have been no contract negotiations with Police Chief William Evans for the past several months, who has worked without a contract for the past year.
The purchase of the police radio now indicates a different stance.
“We still have no contract. We don’t know what is going to happen (with Evans),” Peters said in an interview with the Kittanning Paper. “We would like for him to retire. If he does, we will just hire part-time police. We sure would like to keep the department, yes!”
More than $80,000 has been budgeted for next year police salaries, although only slightly more than $50,000 was paid to Evans this year.
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