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South Side searching for new police chief

South Williamsport Borough Council approved an advertisement for a chief of South Williamsport Borough Police Department Monday night.

The borough has not had a full-time chief since the start of the year but has incorporated DuBoistown Police Department and provides coverage 24-7 for both boroughs.

The DuBoistown borough pays about $117,000 a year for the service and the agreement prevents residents and businesses experiencing a crime from having to dial for state police which may not be nearby because of their responsibility to cover the county, said Steven W. Cappelli, borough manager.

Before the meeting there was an executive session at 4:30 p.m. for a matter of personnel. There was a conditional-use hearing for the Little League gift shop expansion project before the regular meeting.

Joseph Orso, borough solicitor, said the borough received notice it had the favorable legal opinion of a county judge to demolish a blighted property (Protasio building) at the corner of Maynard Street and West Southern Avenue

The borough has available about $200,000 in federal entitlement funding, and won’t have to use general fund money, for the razing of properties that are deemed blighted and not repairable, Cappelli said.

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