Hellam Twp. board votes down Hallam police pitch
The future of Hallam borough's police services remains uncertain after Hellam Township supervisors shot down the borough's counterproposal for policing Thursday night.
The Hallam Borough Council voted for a counteroffer on Monday, Oct. 14, a three-year deal that would include an annual 5% increase. If adopted, Hallam would pay Hellam Township $282,600 in 2022 for police coverage.
Hellam Township supervisors voted the proposal down during their meeting Thursday, Oct. 17.
"I believe Hellam Township has always been a friendly but fair neighbor to Hallam borough and will continue to do that through our negotiation process," Galen Weibley, chairman of the township board of supervisors, said during the meeting.
Weibley said he believes each municipality served by the department should be paying its fair share.
By township estimates, the borough pays $91.83 per resident, compared to $168.62 and $152.93 per resident for Wrightsville and Hellam Township, respectively.
Weibley and supervisors Todd Trimmer and Mark Myers voted against the counteroffer. Phil Smith, vice chair of the board, abstained because he is a Hallam borough employee.
Supervisor Dave Cox was not present at the meeting.
Weibley and Myers will reach out to the borough to continue contract discussions, Weibley said.
Hellam Township had sought a contract that would increase the borough's payment to more than $404,000 by 2022, a roughly 65% increase. Hallam officials rejected that proposal in August, raising the possibility that the borough would instead be covered by state police.
Hellam Township Police Chief Doug Pollock said he will likely have to lay off officers should Hallam not continue with the department.
The Hellam Township board meets again on Nov. 7.
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