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Donation starts fundraising effort for new police vehicle

| Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, 9:10 p.m.
For The Independent-Observer
A check was presented to Police Chief Barry Pritts from the Tottie Kiefer Foundation to start the fundraising efforts for a new police car. From left are' foundation board member and mayor Chuck King, borough Manager Angela Pallone, Pritts, foundation vice-president Don Kiefer and foundation president Lynn Kiefer Andres. Marilyn Forbes | For The Independent-Observer

Scottdale Mayor Chuck King announced recently that he was going to lead the community in its efforts to raise money to purchase a new police vehicle for the department.

Officially launching a community contribution and donation campaign, King accepted a check from the Tottie Kiefer foundation to start the fundraising.

“We thought it would be a great idea to help them start it off,” said foundation president Lynn Kiefer Andres of the check presentation for the fundraising. “This is something that will really benefit the community.”

The department presently has three vehicles for its force of seven full-time and two part-time officers, but King said a new, reliable vehicle is something that would be a great asset to the department.

“The cars all have high miles and there is always that possibility of two being down at the same time,” King said. “Even if an officer goes to answer a call and the car doesn't start and he has to go to another one. Those few moments lost could be essential.”

King said the borough presently does not have the necessary funding for a new vehicle in the budget, so going to the community for its support was the next step in the securing of funds.

King explained there also is a spaghetti dinner fundraiser being planned for January and that he made sure that any and all fund raising efforts were legal under the rules of the borough.

“Before we started to do anything, I went to our solicitor and asked to make sure that we could raise funds in this way,” King said. “We got the OK to go ahead a fund raise.”

Borough Manager Angelo Pallone said the planned fundraising dinner also will be a great way to bring the borough officials and community members together for an evening of fun.

“We'll try to get everyone involved,” Pallone said. “It could be a nice way for us and the community to work together for the borough.”

Police Chief Barry Pritts also is on board with the idea of the community fundraising for a new vehicle.

“I think it's a great idea,” Pritts said. “We definitely need a good, reliable vehicle.”

Presently, they are looking at possibly purchasing a Dodge Charger some time in the spring.

King also donated his mayor's salary from 2012 and 2013, which amounts to $3,000 and said he already has other pledges from community residents.

A letter also was sent out to businesses to ask for their support in the fundraising efforts.

“We don't want to burden the taxpayers,” King said. “I feel that we will be able to raise the money that is needed through the support of the community. People here have a good sense of community and I think we will be able to get their support.”

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.