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East Greenville Mayor Responds to Pennsburg Court Filing
Written by Larry Roeder, Editor

            East Greenville Mayor Ryan Sloyer released a statement in response to action taken recently by Pennsburg Borough officials regarding the dissolution of the Upper Perk Police Commission back in June.

            Last month, Pennsburg officials instructed their solicitor to file a "declaratory judgment" against East Greenville to determine the right of each party in regards to certain contracts executed while East Greenville and Pennsburg were partners in the joint police force.

            A major item of contention is the contract with the police chief, which runs through December 31, 2018, and the officers, which runs through December 31, 2017, that were signed by officials from both boroughs who were acting as part of the six-member Upper Perk Police Commission.

            When the Commission dissolved in June, Pennsburg taxpayers were left to pay for the contracts alone.

            Through the declaratory judgment, Pennsburg officials are asking the court to define the legal relationship between the parties and their rights with respect to the matter before the court. A declaratory judgment is binding but is distinguished from other judgments or court opinions in that it doesn't provide a method of enforcement.

            However, other legal action would most likely follow.

            The full text of the press release sent by Mayor Sloyer is: 

            "As has been reported, Pennsburg Borough has decided to seek court action against East Greenville regarding the costs associated with the maintenance and operation of its current police force, the Upper Perk Police District.  Since its withdrawal, East Greenville has made numerous efforts to resolve any outstanding issues related to the Upper Perk Police District with Pennsburg.

            Through letter correspondences, Pennsburg repeatedly advised East Greenville that it wanted to work toward a global resolution and avoid costly litigation which it acknowledged would be detrimental to East Greenville and Pennsburg residents.  Unfortunately, each time East Greenville made efforts to arrange settlement discussions; Pennsburg provided delayed responses only after significant prompting and ultimately made scheduling excuses.  When it became apparent that Pennsburg was intentionally avoiding settlement discussions, much as it had done with East Greenville's mediation attempts, East Greenville sent proposed settlement conditions to Pennsburg with the hope that Pennsburg would provide its own proposed conditions in response.  Without offering a counter proposal, Pennsburg responded by filing a Declaratory Action against East Greenville in what appears to be an attempt to get court intervention to force the borough to help Pennsburg fund the department it assumed.

            East Greenville was committed to finding a mutual resolution to the issues related to the dissolution of the Upper Perk Police District as a regional department.  Pennsburg's actions, however, demonstrate that it intentionally and repeatedly misled East Greenville into believing that it also wanted a resolution outside of the court system, since the drafting of this complaint did not occur overnight.  

        It is now obvious that Pennsburg would rather attempt to bully East Greenville through the litigation process which will be costly to all taxpayers.  East Greenville will aggressively defend against Pennsburg's action and will file its own claims in this litigation. Pennsburg's decision to seek court action as opposed to working toward a resolution will only result in increased costs for both boroughs' residents and will further erode the relationship between two neighboring communities."





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