Applicants abound for Cumru police officer position

CUMRU TWP., Pa. - Dozens took a civil service test April 13 in an effort to join the Cumru Township Police Department, according to police Chief Madison Winchester.

Winchester reported at the Cumru Township commissioners meeting on Tuesday that 72 applicants took the civil service test for a police officer position on the previous Saturday. Winchester said he expects to get the results April 19. The application required a $35 fee.

The next step in the hiring process will be a physical agility test at the Reading Police Academy on June 1.

The starting base salary for a probationary officer is just more than $62,000, while a first-class patrol officer earns a little more than $92,000, according to the township's website.

Thefts from vehicles

Winchester also reported that the township experienced an "excessive number of thefts from autos" in March. Ten cars were broken into in an area in Mifflin Park, near Kenhorst. Winchester reported that police had a juvenile suspect in mind for the thefts. When the juvenile was placed in a juvenile detention center for crimes committed in another community, the thefts stopped.

Other business

Fire Chief James Beane reported that no response was received from an advertisement in the March 21 Reading Eagle for the sale of an older fire truck. Beane, however, said that he found an interested buyer through online sources and they would meet Friday to discuss details, including price.

Public Works Superintendent Bob McNichols received approval from the board to increase the annual budget for grouting and repairs of sanitary sewer mains from $150,000 to $300,000 for the year.

McNichols said the record-setting rainfall in 2018 caused cracks and leaks in the system to increase over previous years and that $110,000 of the original $150,000 had been spent through March. The additional money will be paid by the sewer fund.

Also, McNichols reported that he has been in discussions with UGI about the utility's plans to extend gas lines into the Overbrook development. McNichols said he advised the utility company to wait until schools are out in the summer to begin work. The project is expected to take several years.

Other actions

The board granted conditional final approval to the Kesher Zion Cemetery Association for the Kantner Lane Twins subdivision plan, located on the southeast side of Kantner Lane, east of Deerfield Drive, subject to resolution of outstanding items in Great Valley Consultants review letter, dated March 29, 2019, and resolution of any sanitary sewer issues, and provision of traffic impact fees and fees in lieu of open space.

The board also granted preliminary approval for the Grande land development plan, located at the southwest corner of Ridgeway Road and Route 724, subject to resolution of outstanding items in Great Valley Consultants review letter, dated March 26, 2019.

In addition, the commissioners authorized the release of the cash escrow for Cedar Ranch Estates Basin A, with the understanding that the future lot owner will be responsible for any needed stormwater facility during home construction.

Finally, the board appointed township residents Denise Allen and Tim Friedmann to the Pension Review Board.

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