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February 20, 2013

Conemaugh Twp. joins regional police study

TIRE HILL — The Conemaugh Township supervisors agreed unanimously to see if a regional police force would better serve the township.

That means the township will be part of an auxiliary study being done by the state on forming a regional force, Chairman Steven Buncich said at the supervisors meeting Wednesday.

Paint Township and municipalities its police force serve would be part of the main study. The state is bearing the costs for the main and auxiliary studies.

“We have a good department now,” Buncich said, adding that by being a secondary part of the study, they can choose to opt out without harming the efforts of the other municipalities if it is determined the regional force wouldn’t benefit the township.

The township is keeping its police officers informed on the issue, Buncich said.

The supervisors also agreed to submit all documents needed to recoup expenses caused by Superstorm Sandy in the fall.

Buncich said the township sustained $20,000 in damage to various roadways and $5,000 in expenses for its crews to remove fallen trees and clear culverts.

The federal government will pay 95 percent of the costs. The township will seek assistance from the state for the remainder.

The supervisors agreed unanimously to sign a letter supporting Somerset County’s effort to upgrade the radio system for police and  fire departments and emergency medical services.

In other business, the supervisors:

• Agreed to have a spring cleanup April 29 through May 3.

• Granted permission for the Youth Softball League, Little League and Junior Legion League, all from the township, to use the Hollsopple field this season.

• Waived the $700 fee for an application for a variance to make it easier for the former Ideal fire company to sell its fire hall. The Ideal and Krings forces merged to become the Conemaugh Township fire company.

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