Councilman, resident dispute police coverage

MONTGOMERY – There was a heated discussion at the borough council meeting Tuesday night as to whether or not the police department is doing its job.

“Why is it that we can have Sunday morning police coverage in town, but not when we need it for our children when they go to school and come home from school,” asked Councilman J.J. Magyar. “If we can have police patrolling our streets when people are going to church and going for a Sunday morning stroll, why can’t we have the coverage when we really need them?

“The cops are rarely around when they are needed and they are not providing the service they were hired to do,” he added. “They have been seen parked at businesses outside the borough, parked alongside police cars from other towns and various other places.”

An unidentified borough resident echoed Magyar’s concerns with police coverage: “What is the curfew for teenagers? Why is it that teenagers are out all hours of the night, keeping me up? I tell them to move on, but it doesn’t take them long to come back.”

Patrolman Larry Wilcox told the resident to call county communications as a non-emergency call and police would come and take care of it.

Borough President Lynn Crist suspended the discussion regarding the police department for further review in the executive session.

Roger McCrae, of the Tree Committee, asked council to consider approving a $600 budget to save trees in the area.

“There are approximately 35 trees that are infected with the Tressler’s rust disease,” certified arborist and forester David Tilburg said. “I would really like to see the trees be saved instead of cut down.

“We will need to spray the trees three separate times with the treatment,” he added. “After the first treatment, we will wait two weeks and spray again, and spray two weeks after that.”

Tilburg reassured council that the treatment would not be harmful to people or animals, and residents would be notified when the treatments will take place.

The cost of each spray will be around $200.

Magyar informed council and residents of possible grant money to be obtained in an attempt to modernize and repair parks, carnival ground facilities and ballfields. He told everyone to be thinking of what types of things they would like to be fixed and updated to present to the grant committee.

“The committee said our town is favorable to receive grant money based on town size, usage of the facilities and income base,” Magyar said. “Lowes will be donating some supplies and work hours to spruce things up down there.”

Council plans to meet on the next two Mondays to discuss the budget for 2014.