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Waynesboro in line for federal police grant

September 24, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Police Department is running out of space and Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger is trying to find more room.

One idea calls for raising the roof in the Borough Hall and adding a second story above the section of the building that has only one floor.

Hamberger applied for a $300,000 federal grant through U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter's office for the project. He said he was told that not much federal money is available for building construction projects, but was encouraged to apply for a grant for police department equipment.

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He applied for $100,000.

He learned last week through a joint press release from the offices of Specter and U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum that Waynesboro was earmarked for a $100,000 grant for police equipment.

Hamberger said he was told by Specter's office to take a wait-and-see stance on the grant because it still had to pass muster in the U.S. House or Representatives. It also has to be signed by the president.

Republican Specter is a senior member of the senate's appropriations committee. Santorum chairs the senate's Republican Conference. Their press release said the appropriations committee approved nearly $1 million for Pennsylvania projects, including Waynesboro's $100,000 grant.

Hamberger said he would ask U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster to shepherd the appropriation through the House.

He said he didn't know yet what restrictions, if any, might limit the way the grant can be spent.

"Maybe we could buy a couple of police cruisers, but I don't know," he said. "I assume it's for first response or Homeland Security. We have to wait to see."

Hamberger said he won't plan on spending any of the money until he has it in hand.

"This funding will allow important projects to receive the necessary resources to make improvements and advances in law enforcement in Pennsylvania," Santorum said in the release.

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