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Greencastle has a 'good-sized force,' council member says

March 07, 2006|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The mayor of Greencastle and the Public Safety Committee have met and are discussing "the changes in the police department" in the borough, Mayor Robert Eberly said at the Borough Council meeting Monday evening.

The Greencastle Police Department will lose its only remaining full-time officer other than the chief April 1 when Robert Petrunak joins the Waynesboro Police Department.

Paul Schemel, councilman and chairman of the public safety committee, said that residents "might get the impression that we don't have any police officers. We have a good-sized force."

The department has six part-time officers and Chief Peter Mozurkevich has been authorized to hire more, Schemel said.

Schemel said he is interviewing current officers and has spoken with Mozurkevich about how to improve the department.

The council has advertised for part-time officers, Eberly said last week, but has made no move to fill vacant full-time positions.

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Three full-time officers have left the department in the past year.

In other business, Todd Steger, president of CEDG Engineering of Mechanicsburg, Pa., asked the council to consider the sewer needs of a proposed 980-unit housing development in Antrim Township. The 300-acre tract will include a bank, small retail establishment, a church and two community buildings. Its sewer needs are expected to be 250,000 gallons per day.

Approximately 100 acres of the tract, the former Glen Young farm, consist of flood plains and wetlands and will not be developed, Steger said.

The council turned the request over to its Public Facilities committee.

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