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Waynesboro briefs

April 12, 2010

Council reviews police promotion guidelines



WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Borough Council last week reviewed the requirements for a police officer to move into a supervisory role within the Waynesboro Police Department.

The council changed the regulations so that a person must have been with the department for seven years as a full-time employee before he or she can be promoted to sergeant. It maintained the three-year requirement for corporal, despite Mayor Richard Starliper pushing for five years.

Previously, a person must have been with the department five years before being eligible for a sergeant position.

"The seven years to become a sergeant seems like a long time. ... If I was a young person, I wouldn't want to come work for you," Councilman Ronnie Martin said.

"We want people who know our organization and our community. ... We need someone we know wants to stay with the department," Starliper said.

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Officers receive points on the civil service exam for their backgrounds, Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said. The policy has been clarified so they receive more credit for being with the Waynesboro Police Department than other departments, he said.

Council President Craig Newcomer said the state legislature is looking to clarify civil service requirements. It will decide whether a council would be required to select the top-scoring candidate or interview the top three candidates, he said.

Possible dog park taking shape near Northside



WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The area of Northside Park planned for the town's new dog park has been staked off, Waynesboro Borough Councilman Wayne Driscoll said last week.

Driscoll said borough officials are continuing to look at fencing prices.

Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said he recently visited the dog park in Upper Allen Township, Pa., where it was divided into two sections to separate big and small dogs. He took pictures to share with the council.

Fire agreement reached with Quincy Township



WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A fire protection agreement reached between the Waynesboro Borough Council and Quincy Township (Pa.) Supervisors maintains the base rate at $7,500.

The supervisors contract with Waynesboro borough for its fire department to provide fire service as the first responder for 21 percent of Quincy's homes. The Mont Alto (Pa.) Fire Department serves as the first responder for the other homes.

Beyond the $7,500 a year, the supervisors will pay increased amounts for manpower and equipment, Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said last week. The hourly rate for manpower will be $36.40 for 2010, according to a draft of the agreement.

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