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Upper Macungie discusses purchase of weapons for newly-formed police department

Published On: Feb 07 2013 10:54:10 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 08 2013 06:57:05 AM CST
UPPER MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. -

The Upper Macungie Township Board of Supervisors voted on a series of measures during Thursday night’s meeting, including one that will give the township’s police force the first opportunity to purchase their service weapons for $415 before they would be sent to auction.

A total of 22, .40 caliber Glock weapons that were purchased from former Berks-Lehigh Police Department will be available for purchase. Should the officers decide to purchase the weapons, they would be subject to complete background checks, according to police Chief Edgardo Colon.

Ryan Mertus was hired as the Upper Macungie Township’s 28th member of the police force at a salary of $51,000. Terry Trumbauer was hired as the township’s mechanic at the rate of $21.50 and the township accepted the resignation of zoning manager Al Geositis and appointed Keystone Consulting Engineering on a 90-day temporary basis until a permanent replacement can be hired.

Secretary Kathy Rader also noted that new 2013 bidding limits have been established. All bids exceeding $18,900 must go out to bid, she noted.

 In addition the board announced there will be a public hearing for about a potential zoning change prior to their March 7 meeting. The hearing is set to start at 6:15 p.m.