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Stevens Township Nixes Hiring Cops

The residents and supervisors of Stevens Township arrived with the rain shower that struck around 7 p.m. on Tuesday evening. In fact, the rain was a good portion of what was discussed, due to the washed out roads around the township. Along with washed out roads, police protection dominated most of the meeting's discussions.

Supervisors reminded the townspeople that Stevens Township is not the only place that is feeling the effects of this summer's excessive rainfall with the fact that Pike Township recently lost a bridge and a culvert from rainwater.

When asked when the township should start the Mill Creek Road Project, Supervisor Randy Campbell jokingly said, It depends on the weather. Besides adding sluice pipes and the falling of a protruding tree, the supervisors needed to decide who they wanted to bring in the DSA (Driving Surface Aggregate) and the road fill for the project. Secretary-Treasurer Brenda Ferguson read the bids from various local companies, and the supervisors decided in both cases to go with the lowest price, due to the fact that the grade of materials is the same wherever you go. The 1,160 tons of DSA is to be delivered by F.S. Lopke, Inc., and Burgess Construction will deliver the 2,840 tons of road fill. Unfortunately, the project will not start until mid-September.

The building code changes were minute and put the residents at ease. The code, which is state-wide, now excludes repairs and nonstructural alterations, meaning that a homeowner can do things like buy a new hot water heater or furnace and even tile the whole roof without being under violation. However, you must have approval to build an addition to a present structure or to erect a new building on your property.

The vote taken at last month's meeting about additional police protection came to a tally of 22 to 9 against hiring a private police department. Supervisor Ken Sharer feels that Stevensville is okay for now with at least the state police patrolling the area, as long as they keep up the good work.

Even the townspeople praised the police presence in the small town throughout the meeting. One woman reported that a police officer mentioned pulling over 13 people for speeding in one day and that he only stopped those exceeding 60 mph. The residents all agreed that the town is a lot quieter than last year at this time.

Sharer pointed out that police were around before the residents of the township gave their call to action. He stated that police observed the post office parking lot for weeks before moving in to make a drug bust.

Thank you notes are to be written to Sheriff Steve Evans and Sergeant Louis Altieri for coming to give information on meth labs and what they could do for the township last month.

One of the townspeople reported that Altieri told her that a police vehicle could set up on private property only if the property owner submits a three-line permission letter to the police department. This is one way that citizens can help crack down on the speeding.

After adjourning the meeting, Ferguson told that residents of the township started asking for police to regularly patrol the town, because offenders were disturbing the peace by making excessive noise and also that a few residences had been burglarized. Also, due to the nature of meth labs rising up in the smallest of towns, it was a good idea to have police on patrol more often.

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