“Maybe and maybe not,” responded Commissioner James Lancsek. “That’s your opinion and I respect that, but we should still put it out for bid. We’ll find out. If that’s the only bidder, at least we’ll know. And we’ll have a price.
“Then when we have 30 people coming before us and saying ‘we didn’t know what the price was’ we can say ‘here it is’. It just protects the township. ”
Higgins agreed, saying the township has to seek bids, even if only one company submits a bid. “We have to look for a competitive fee.”
The commissioners’ public works committee, whose members are Higgins and Douglas Brown, will look into developing such an ordinance.
Fosselman said representatives from Mechanics Plus Towing want to meet with the public works committee to explain what’s involved in towing vehicles and their fees.
With the year just starting, that committee has not yet set any meeting dates, said Brown.
Next step for police study
Written copies of a police study, which was done for the township by Kutztown University professors Gary and Ann Marie Cordner, were made public at Thursday night’s commissioners meeting.
Ryan Conrad, new president of the five commissioners, said the study prominently will be posted on the township’s web site. (It’s already on there, but buried: item M under the agenda of Thursday night’s meeting.)
At the Dec. 19 township meeting, Gary Cordner presented a summary of the study. It focuses on three options for the township: continuing to rely on state police for coverage, creating a township police department or creating or joining a regional police department.
The study does not make a recommendation, although it states creating a township police department would cost Lower Macungie up to $5 million.
Lancsek suggested the township should review the police study and the commissioners should decide on an option. He said he’s been approached by township residents on numerous occasions who want to know what the township is going to do.
Fosselman agreed that at some point the commissioners should make a decision based on the study.
Former commissioner Roger C. Reis had hoped the board would vote to continue with state police protection at that Dec. 19 meeting, which was his last meeting, but others wanted to wait for the final written report – and for Higgins and Beitler to be able to weigh in on the issue.