East McKeesport, Wall to negotiate police contract
East McKeesport and Wall officials have begun negotiations regarding police protection.
Municipal leaders met on Wednesday to start a new round of discussions regarding East McKeesport police's protection of the nearby borough listed at .48 square miles with 580 people.
East McKeesport police have patrolled Wall since 2004. The current three-year contract expires at the end of the year.
“They're awesome,” Wall council vice president Michael Swidorsky said on Friday. “Anytime we need something they're always in town.”
“They like what we provide them,” East McKeesport councilman John Ekiert said after the monthly council meeting on Thursday. “They want to continue on. Now it's just a matter of going through the steps of getting another agreement together.”
Swidorsky said no formal proposals were disclosed on Wednesday, and did not offer any potential terms.
“Everything comes down to the contract,” Swidorsky said.
“They're going to look at the (current) contract we have and see if they want to tweak it in any way, shape or form,” Ekiert said. “I think (a new agreement) will be before the end of the year for sure.”
Wall annually pays East McKeesport a little more than $35,000 for police service.
East McKeesport Mayor Robert Howard reported police responded to 106 complaints in Wall in June, and spent an average of 8.03 hours per day patrolling the town.
East McKeesport documents state that time did not include the amount spent when officers answered calls for service, “only the amount of time that the officers are required to place on their daily log to ensure that they are providing adequate coverage to the borough of Wall.”
Another negotiation meeting was not scheduled. An agreement may be in place by October or November so the respective municipalities can adopt their budgets in December.
Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or email@example.com.
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