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Special patrol to cost borough less

December 08, 1999|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The formula for reimbursing the Chambersburg Police Department for special foot patrols in the Franklin County Housing Authority will be changed because of a reduction in the federal subsidy for the service.

The Borough Council on Wednesday authorized borough officials to execute a new agreement with the authority to change from a flat hourly rate to a formula based on the pay of the officers who conduct the patrols.

The new formula is for time-and-a-half pay for officers plus a 25 percent markup for benefits.

The previous agreement, which was effective Aug. 1, 1998, paid $39 an hour during the last four months of the year and $40.50 an hour through Sept. 1 of this year, according to borough records.

The authority budget for the patrols was $60,000, which would have paid for about 1,500 hours of foot patrols.

Under the new agreement, which will be retroactive to Sept. 1, the borough would be reimbursed about $27.20 an hour for a new patrolman whose base pay is $14.50 an hour. The reimbursement would be more than $42 an hour if a senior sergeant earning $22.55 an hour went on patrol.

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The authority's budget for the patrols is $45,000 under the proposed agreement.

Borough Secretary Tanya Mickey said the new formula should save the authority several hundred dollars a month on the patrols and other services.

The special foot patrols are in addition to regular police patrols in the subsidized housing project in the borough's southwest.

"It's voluntary for the officers," said Borough Manager Eric Oyer. No officers are removed from regular duties to conduct the patrols, he said.

The contract also calls for the borough to "attempt to provide" drug awareness and prevention programs at the Authority Community Center at 440 W. Washington St. in June, July and August and drug awareness presentations to resident groups.

Borough police have provided the services to the authority for about five years, Mickey said.

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