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What is Project X?
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            At the end of Monday's public meeting, East Greenville Borough Council unanimously approved a motion to direct its engineer, Cowan Associates, to prepare specifications and a performance analysis for a project identified by Solicitor Michael Peters as Project X.

            The vote followed an executive session in which the members discussed personnel issues, including police safety, according to Peters. The solicitor declined to provide any additional details on project.

            "That's all were going to release to the public," he said after the vote and prior to the meeting's adjournment.

            The project is related to the borough's police station in Colonial Village, according to Council President Angie Fegely. "That's all I can say," she said during a phone conversation Tuesday afternoon.

            According to member Lon Brinckman II, Project X might be indirectly related to some discussion between the current council and a former mayor and a former council member related to the borough's police station. On Tuesday, Brinckman deferred all additional questions to Mayor Keith Gerhart and Peters.

            "We received explicit instructions not to make any public comments while it is in process," Brinckman said.

            During the public meeting, former mayor Ryan Sloyer asked Gerhart when the public would hear a plan for improvements at the station, located in Colonial Village. Gerhart told his predecessor the plan was to get quotes and discuss the issue with police Chief Andrew Skelton, and then inform the public.

            Sloyer then accused Gerhart of delaying the project. "It seems like you are stalling and dragging your feet," Sloyer said.

            Chrystal Connolly, a former council member, scolded the members for not moving as fast as previously promised. She accused the members of not liking the police officers, claimed Gerhart wanted to get rid of the department and accused them of not keeping their promise to the residents to solve the issue.

            "Somebody needs to step up to the plate and get this done," said Connolly, pounding the lectern with an open hand several times during her comments.

            Responding to a question from Sloyer, Peters conceded that council has a real concern over safety issues. The solicitor also said two quotes to install a fence are expected to municipal officials "any time now."

            The status of fencing materials for the police department, purchased late last year by the previous council, has been broached in several recent meetings.  A plan to install the fence has been delayed for a multitude of reasons.

            Initially, borough employees had planned to install the fence. However, Borough Manager Jim Fry said Monday night that the work was above the borough maintenance staff's capability. "It's over their head," he said.

            Fegely said during the meeting that council has received a cost estimate for the fence installation. Vice President Jim Raftery said the repairs at the police station were going too slowly but explained that council was working on sensitive safety issues during executive sessions.

            "This is taking too long," he said during the meeting. "I get it. But we're dealing with issues I don't want to discuss in public."





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