A tale of two mayors and a police station in East Greenville

Contention and uncertainty surround new station.

EAST GREENVILLE, Pa. - It's official; the newly formed East Greenville Borough Police Department in Montgomery County has its headquarters.

"We're very excited. We are excited to be able to provide a service to all taxpayers and the residents of the borough," said current East Greenville Mayor Ryan Sloyer.

Since June, the mayor says, the police department has answered one or two calls a day from the community.

But many residents say the small police force isn't necessary.

"The voters have spoken," said Mayor-Elect of East Greenville Keith Gerhart.

Gerhart will be taking office in January and doesn't support the borough having its own police force.

For years, East Greenville has been covered by the Upper Perk Police Department.

Mayor Sloyer says the smaller department saves residents money.

"The operating cost is $403,000. That is a 40 percent reduction," said Sloyer.

That 40 percent reduction equals about $274,000, according to Mayor Sloyer.

The department has two patrolmen, a chief, and one patrol vehicle.

Another point of contention between the mayors, the actual police station.

Sloyer says the borough spent around $220,000 to change a neighborhood clubhouse into a police station.

"The building is not Americans with Disabilities Act compliant and it should never have been opened," said Gerhart.

"The borough is in the process of getting grant money to redo the restrooms and everything," responded Sloyer.

It's not clear how Mayor-Elect Gerhart will handle the East Greenville Borough Police Department when he gets into office come January.

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