Most supervisor candidates favor Greencastle for police protection

May 08, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Seven Republican candidates are running for Antrim Township Supervisor in the May 19 Pennsylvania Primary.

Only two seats on the board are open, and incumbents James Byers and Fred Young III will attempt to keep their positions when they square off against challengers John Alleman, Larry Eberly, Jeff Todd, Dan Pellicano and Greg Moats.

Many issues face Antrim Township, and The Herald-Mail specifically asked candidates to address potential police services in the township.

Antrim Township does not have its own police force and, for years, the Board of Supervisors has debated the most cost-effective means of providing police protection.

The township is under the jurisdiction of the Pennsylvania State Police, but in 2006, the township began setting aside $200,000 annually to fund a future police force.


The money the township set aside to date for police was redirected to other line items in the 2009 budget by the current board in December.

Most recently, Greencastle Police Chief John Phillippy presented the board with the option of contracting police services through the Borough of Greencastle at an estimated cost of $700,000 per year.

Editor's Note: The following question was asked of each candidate for Antrim Township Supervisor as part of a larger survey. Candidates were asked to keep their responses brief. Each response was edited for length and to fix typos or errors. Otherwise, the following responses appear as they were received from the candidates.

Question: Do you feel Antrim needs more police protection and, if so. how would you like to see it obtain it?

Jeff Todd, 50, Molly Pitcher Highway: I still think we should join police forces with the borough of Greencastle. The Borough already has a very good police department. It wouldn't be that difficult to combine both forces and lessen the cost of a new department. We need to start preparing for the inevitable now.

John Alleman, 58, Pennsylvania Avenue: Being involved in emergency services for 40 years I know it may take a long time to get an officer to our area. I feel the most practical way for the township to obtain police coverage is to have a local department. The most efficient way for this is to have a joint G-A (Greencastle-Antrim) force.

Fred Young, 37, Lynn Drive: If the township were to provide police services, I believe working with the Borough of Greencastle to expand its existing force into the Township would be the most efficient. To pay for police services, an emergency services tax could be assessed on every person who is employed in the township. I doubt this tax could cover the entire cost of police services, therefore, the township's personal property tax would have to be reinstituted.

Larry Eberly, 59, Grant Shook Road: In some areas of the township I believe we could make a good argument for more police protection but I believe the best way to do it would be to contract services with the borough, only if the citizens want this. I believe that there should be questionnaires or letters sent to the residents to get there input into what there thoughts are on this subject.

Dan Pellicano, 50, Buchanan Trail East: I believe that we need the best and quickest access to law enforcement services possible. The contract proposal with Greencastle is intriguing, but leaves questions relative to local oversight and staffing. There is a significant difference between the staffing suggested by this proposal and that of the Regional Study. Chief Phillippy and his officers, as well as the State Police, may have the best sense of what Antrim would need. I would like to explore this issue further with them.

James Byers, age unknown, Grindstone Hill Road: Currently I do not feel that we need to establish our own police department. However, it is necessary to continue to plan for the future since our community is growing at a rapid rate. At some point it will be essential to implement a police force.

Greg Moats, 37, Marsh Road: Did not respond the Herald-Mail's questions.

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