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Whitehall wants another resource officer for schools

Commissioners willing to split cost

WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - Whitehall Township's board of commissioners believes the Whitehall-Coplay School District needs an additional resource officer  an armed police office — and it is willing to put money toward the position.

During Monday night's workshop meeting, the legislative body discussed splitting a resource officer's salary and benefits on a 50-50 basis with the school district, minus potential grants that would be available.

"It's an important position," said President Dennis Hower. 

Acting Mayor Jack Meyers said the township would have to reach a formal and written agreement with the school district. Meyers added that the township has begun to identify potential township police officers who could fill that position.

The school district already has an armed police officer on campus, according to a February 24 letter written to the community by Lorie Hackett, the district's superintendent.

No formal action was taken on the matter during Monday night's meeting. Meyers said that an additional officer would not be in place before the current school year ended in June.

Other business

The legislative body forwarded a resolution conditionally approving a minor subdivision plan at 1313 Pennsylvania St. only after a lengthy debate concerning sidewalks. Commissioner Philip Ginder pushed for sidewalk additions not only for Pennsylvania Street, but also for nearby Mauch Chunk Road.

"Mauch Chunk needs curb and sidewalk," Ginder said. "In my opinion, the number one reason is for safety."

Commissioner Thomas Slonaker agreed, saying, "The number one deal here is to try to get people off the street."

A resolution conditionally approving a major subdivision and land development of a new CVS Pharmacy was forwarded to the regular board meeting. The proposed drug store would be located at 1223-1225 Third St., a commercial zoning district. 

The regular board meeting is scheduled for March 12.

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