As township supervisors discussed the 2014 budget Thursday night, one bright note surfaced: the township estimates it may save $200,000 to $300,000 if plans to form a regional police department are successful.
The supervisors, who have scheduled two more budget meetings, on Nov. 14 and Nov. 24, listened to “wish lists” for the township’s road department budget from Larry Sapone about various pieces of equipment from radios, to trucks to tires, and from Tony Borger on the recreation budget. Sapone and Borger said they would report back with additional information on costs at next month’s meeting.
Chairman Randy Heard said he did not foresee a tax increase, given the projected savings the township will see if the plan to regionalize police departments in the Slate Belt succeeds.
If approved, the plan would merge police departments from Plainfield Township, Wind Gap and Pen Argyl.
The supervisors are also considering an improved security system at the township building. The supervisors are proposing up to $16,000 for better security.
Security has become an issue in municipalities throughout the area since a township meeting in the Poconos was riddled with gunfire that killed three people, The alleged gunman was a township resident upset with a running feud he had with the supervisors over a zoning dispute that resulted in his losing his property.