North Apollo eyes new police deal with Kiski Township
Money from citations Kiski Township police write in North Apollo could go to the township instead of North Apollo.
That's an idea being proposed as the two municipalities discuss terms of a new contract for police services in North Apollo.
North Apollo disbanded its own police force and began contracting with Kiski Township in April 2007. The agreement was extended in 2008 for five years, through March 31.
Kiski Township police are continuing to cover North Apollo while a new contract is negotiated.
North Apollo paid Kiski Township nearly $46,800 for police services in the contract's final year, according to the borough.
Kiski Township officials are proposing the township get all money from citations written in North Apollo in place of an annual 6 percent increase on the price it charges North Apollo.
Money from citations would still initially come to the borough, which would then turn it over to the township.
“It will work out better for everybody,” Kiski Township Supervisor Jack Wilmot said.
In addition to rising costs in general, Wilmot said the department recently bought a new vehicle and added hours, which the citation money would help cover.
North Apollo Council President Gene Burns said citations written in North Apollo amount to between $5,000 and $6,000 per year.
“They do the work,” Burns said. “Why shouldn't they get the money?”
North Apollo Council directed its solicitor to look into the subject.
While Councilman Bill Campbell said the arrangement could give Kiski Township police “incentive” to write more tickets, Burns said that would be illegal.
Councilman Ed Barclay said he would want more enforcement.
“They're not going to take it because it pays less,” Councilman Tom Newton said.
Brian C. Rittmeyer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4701 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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