Southwestern board looks to future without North Codorus Twp.
Southwestern Regional Police board members are working on new budgets following North Codorus Township's decision to contract other police services.
Members of Southwestern's budgeting committee agreed Wednesday, July 24, to come up with two budgets with help from Sgt. Jamie Stalcup, both without North Codorus Township included, prior to the next meeting.
The police board instructed Stalcup, the department's officer in charge, to draft two versions of next year's budget that exclude funding from and spending on North Codorus Township, which recently voted to leave the regional department.
North Codorus' departure will cost Southwestern about half of its total funding stream.
One of the budgets would abide by the officers' current collective bargaining agreement and the other would anticipate new CBA terms, such as part-time officers.
The hope is to have the proposals ready by the next meeting on Aug. 14. Previous budgets have included North Codorus Township.
North Codorus Township supervisors, citing risings costs among other things, told the board the township would be leaving the regional force by the end of 2019. They announced the move in October.
The township paid about $1 million annually for police service, which is roughly half of the department's budget.
Southwestern also provides service to Heidelberg Township, Manheim Township and Spring Grove.
North Codorus Township supervisors voted to contract police services from Northern York County Regional Police at $744,000 a year starting in 2020.
Northern Regional would provide about 170 hours of service to the township per week, which is about 80 hours less than what Southwestern is providing to the township now.
North Codorus officials have said the township currently receives too many hours per week.
Southwestern's board also agreed to have Northern Regional Chief Mark Bentzel speak to members at the next police board meeting.
Bentzel has said the department is willing to discuss providing service to any municipality with Southwestern.
“I think it will be worth a listen,” said Matt Bollinger, board chairman, during the meeting.
The board also voted to allow Stalcup to pursue hiring a part-time officer for the department. The officers' association agreed to a memorandum of understanding with the department, which would allow it to have part-time officers until next July.
Officials have said North Codorus Township could pay up to $1 million as a penalty fee for leaving the department. Township officials have disputed that.
The penalty fee is still being negotiated.
The police board meets again 7 p.m. Aug. 14 at the department's offices, 6115 Thoman Drive in Heidelberg Township.
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