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July 16, 2014

Police options not discussed

WEST MIDDLESEX — Last month, Shenango Township rocked the Southwest Mercer County Regional Police Department by voting to begin advertising for a police chief to head a new department.

During that meeting, Supervisor Chairman Tom Hubert said they would be looking for participation from Wheatland and West Middlesex in forming a new department. Farrell wasn’t mentioned.

“We’re a community with West Middlesex,” Hubert had said.

West Middlesex council members barely addressed the issue at Tuesday’s council meeting, though.

Councilwoman Barb Lipinski said they should consider a letter from Shenango Township representatives asking for their participation.

“We really don’t know yet which way it’s going to go,” Councilman Ron Dubrasky said.

Mayor David George Jr. and Dubrasky have seats on the police commission and explained that the commissioners are still working on an answer that includes all the current members.

“We’re going to continue to meet until we get some kind of answer,” George said.

Although Shenango Township did vote to advertise for a police chief, they didn’t vote to put in notice to Southwest Regional that they were leaving.

“It’s not a done deal, but it seems to be leaning a lot harder,” Lipinski said.

Council members also mentioned that the players might be changing if Sharon and Farrell council members come to some agreement on Sharon providing police service.

“I don’t think either one of them is in a position where they can do it,” George said.

The next move will be at the police commission meeting in August, he said.

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