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Palmerton to take part in regional police study

Published August 24. 2012 05:02PM

Palmerton plans to participate in a regional police study.

Borough Council, on a 5-0 vote Thursday, agreed to partake in the endeavor. Councilman Jason Behler and council President Terry Costenbader were absent.

Council Vice President Chris Olivia said Robert Cohowicz, a patrolman with the borough police department, approached him with the idea.

Olivia said the borough was asked to see if the neighboring municipalities of Bowmanstown and Lower Towamensing Township would also want to participate in the study.

Bowmanstown appears to be on board with the study, said Olivia, who added he wasn't sure about Lower Towamensing.

The study, Olivia said, would come at no cost to any of the municipalities.

Councilman Michael Ballard said he supported the study.

"I think it's a good idea to get the study," Ballard said. "They've been shown to save money by consolidating."

But, Olivia appeared skeptical when he stated "when I see it, I'll believe it."

After the meeting, borough Manager Rodger Danielson said the purpose of the study is "to determine whether or not a regional police force would be economical, or even acceptable. Otherwise, we go back to what we do now."

In other business, council:

- Approved the 2013 Minimum Municipal Pension Obligation for uniform employees in the amount of $96,844.

- Approved the 2013 Minimum Municipal Pension Obligation for non-uniform employees in the amount of $22,088.

- Approved a resolution to appoint a liaison between the borough and Berkheimer, whose the duly appointed collector of Earned Income Tax for Carbon County, for the expressed purpose of sharing confidential tax information with the borough for official purposes.

- Approved a resolution authorizing and empowering its local tax collector, Berkheimer, to impose and retain cost of collection on delinquent taxes.

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