Police officers might increase foot patrols on Eden, Harbaugh

May 18, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro police officers have been given the go-ahead to fulfill a request from the Franklin County (Pa.) Housing Authority to provide additional patrols on Eden and Harbaugh avenues to potentially curb crime.

"They're requesting a foot patrol of no more than three hours in a 24-hour period," Mayor Richard Starliper said. "We did this back in 2000."

The additional patrols are designed to reduce drug activity and disputes, he said.

Officers would be paid through U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grants obtained by the county housing authority, Starliper said.

"It's offered to all our policemen, but it's on our off-duty time," he said.

"We did take a poll (and) talk to the guys. There is interest," Police Chief Ray Shultz said.

The department stopped providing the patrols when the number of officers on the force dwindled a few years ago, he said.


Reduced crime was also one of the impetuses behind the Waynesboro Borough Council's decision to contract with Allegheny Power for 27 new streetlights between Franklin Street and Tritle Avenue, Councilman Dick George said.

Allegheny Power will provide the lights and labor, Councilman Craig Newcomer said. The council has approved $46,650 for the project.

The council originally discussed purchasing poles with four lamps each, Newcomer said.

"We decided to move away from the proposed idea ... due to pricing. We just decided to go with the same light the whole way through," he said, explaining they'll match ones already installed in town.

The Borough of Waynesboro will provide trenching and conduit for the streetlights' installation, and it will sign a 10-year maintenance agreement with the power company, Newcomer said.

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