Suburbs likely to extend police pact for 10 years Lancaster, Manheim townships must OK BY DAVID O'CONNOR, Staff Writer
With its leaders pleased with the police coverage they're getting, Lancaster Township could be seeing Manheim Township police cruisers on its roads for years to come.
The two suburban townships by early April could finalize a 10-year extension of an agreement in which Manheim Township police patrol the adjoining township, officials said Monday.
"It's a very good partnership moving forward," said Rick Casselbury, president of the Manheim Township commissioners, who Monday announced plans for the possible 10-year pact, which would begin in 2015.
"It's a very good thing for Manheim Township. It's a very good thing for Lancaster Township," Casselbury added.
The township commissioners and Lancaster Township's supervisors are both expected to vote on extending the agreement when both boards next meet, on Monday, April 8.
The two suburbs have one year and nine months remaining in their original 5-year agreement, which began Jan. 1, 2010, and runs through the end of 2014.
Both townships would have to vote to approve any extension.
Lancaster Township pays Manheim Township $1,197,262 a year under the existing agreement, officials have said.
The 10-year agreement would include an incease in costs, Manheim Township officials said Monday, but they declined to discuss other details of the possible pact.
The two townships have been discussing an extension of their agreement for some time, Manheim Township's leaders said.
The Lancaster Township supervisors had voted in late 2009 to switch their township's police coverage from Lancaster city to Manheim Township.
"We are very pleased with the coverage we've gotten from Manheim Township," Lancaster Township Supervisor Kathy Wasong said Monday.
She hopes to vote on the possible agreement on April 8, and having it in place "gives them (Manheim Township) some certainty, and it does the same for us."
Along with its own township and Lancaster Township, Manheim Township's police force also patrols East Petersburg Borough.
n Also during Monday night's Manheim Township commissioners' meeting, the board approved a new traffic signal on Fruitville Pike at Quarry Road, saying it has received a recommendation that there's enough traffic to warrant the new light.
Cost of the signal is around $184,000, and the commissioners' approval came over the objections of a resident, John Bitzer of Sterling Place, who doesn't see the need for it.
"How much traffic can you have?" in the largely open area, Bitzer asked, since the area has little residential or business development and no churches, he said.
But a few of the commissioners said their traffic experts have told them there's a need for the signal, mostly because of the traffic that comes along Fruitville Pike from other municipalities.
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