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Pennsburg Ratifies New Contract for Police Officers
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            Pennsburg Borough Council voted Tuesday night to ratify a new contract with the officers of the Upper Perk Police. Municipal officials, who cast their vote following an executive session, would not comment on the length of the agreement.

             After the public meeting, council President Kris Kirkwood declined to provide any details on the contract. He said it would be made public after it is approved by the Upper Perk Police Officers' Association.

            The officers' previous contract, a four-year agreement, ran out at the end of 2017, according to Solicitor Chuck Garner.

            The members also considered the borough's participation with two separate MontCo 2040 grant applications during the meeting. They voted unanimously to serve as the primary applicant for a request by the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center for $100,000.

            Later, they tabled a motion to partner with Upper Hanover, which is applying for a similar grant to be utilized by the Upper Perkiomen School District to install sidewalks and a bike path along Montgomery Avenue.

            Council expressed support of the grant to help the library, located at 105 Seminary St. in the borough, which would go towards the facility's planned expansion.

            According to executive director David Luz, the center plans on adding 12,000 square feet for additional storage and museum space. Luz told council that the library has raised $2.5 million of a targeted $3.6 million.

            "We're currently in the quiet phase of this project," he said after the public portion of the evening. "As soon as we get closer to the ground breaking, we'll become much more vocal about this."

            However, the council pushed off debate over the township's grant application. Members Bruce Lord and Mike Mensch expressed too much uncertainty about the proposal to install the sidewalks and a bike path.  "I'm leery about signing on to something we are not sure about," Lord said.

            Member Diane Stevens expressed opposition to the application if eminent domain would be involved. She said she has recently seen some survey stakes "awfully close" to homes on the borough side of Montgomery Avenue.

            The Upper Perk Police Department responded to 364 calls in February, according to interim Chief Joseph Adam, Jr. He told the members that the department completed 80 security checks, handled 26 vehicle investigations while issuing 15 warnings and 11 citations, issued four non-traffic citations, responded to four non-reportable accidents and made one criminal arrest.

            The officers also responded to four incidents of forgery/fraud/ identity theft, three incidents of assault/harassment/stalking, two incidents of vandalism/criminal mischief and one count each of trespassing, sex offense and DUI.





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