Council approves Smithton officer's pet project
Smithton Council has given the go-ahead for police Officer Mike Mace to pursue all available avenues with the intent to add and sustain a canine officer with the Smithton Police Department at no cost to the borough.
Mace presented a proposal to council Monday night and fielded some questions from council members.
Throughout he emphasized that he intends to ensure that the borough incurs no or minimal cost with regard to the acquisition and care of the police dog.
Mace said he is investigating grants and various sources of possible donations. He also said he will be taking his campaign for a canine officer to the citizens of Smithton.
“I'm going to go out into the community, go door to door, by myself, in uniform and hand out fliers, explaining this is what we're trying to do — trying to grow a department into more modern policing,” he said.
Mace talked about some of the benefits of a canine officer including enhancing officer safety, drug enforcement and prevention, and public relations.
He referred to the recent case of Pittsburgh canine officer Rocco giving up his own life protecting the life of his handler.
He said that having a canine officer would help deter drug dealing in the borough and would be key in making drug-related arrests.
He also said that having a canine unit would make the Smithton Police Department more attractive to municipalities that might be interested in contracting for police coverage.
Councilwoman Karen Primm noted that the proposal set forth some initial outlay amounts and asked what the ongoing costs might be.
Mace said he would be looking to have food and veterinary care donated as well as all the initial costs, which would include a vehicle in addition to the dog.
Mace said that while the dog would be his partner and would reside with him, the dog would be the property of the borough.
Both Mace and the canine officer would be on call 24/7 to assist any other Smithton officer, Mace said.
Council was unanimous in its support of the project; with Councilman Robert Prah Jr. absent.
In other business, Bud Seglowich's report on the activity of the road crew over the last month indicated that the crew plowed and/or salted 29 times and used 115 bags of salt since Jan. 6.
Council President Dan Barthels reported that the finances were in good shape, but noted that the cable franchise payment came in about $400 less than what was budgeted.
Bob McKeown of Keystone Gas Solutions, the new owner of the former brewery property which he has converted into a water filling station for companies doing fracking, was present to get whatever feedback council was offering since the first water trucks started using the facility last week.
He said about 100 trucks had gone in and out by Monday's meeting. No one on council had received any complaints.
McKeown said he would continue to attend council meetings when he is able and reiterated his pledge to be a good neighbor and part of the community.
William S. Zirkle is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-872-6800.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Burnett’s stellar start paves way for Pirates’ victory over Diamondbacks
- Rossi: Penguins’ best bet is on Martin
- From injuries to front office, Penguins’ season didn’t lack drama
- Spirit Airlines lifts fortunes of Arnold Palmer Regional Airport
- High risk, reward with 1st-round quarterbacks in NFL Draft
- Elites, media & character
- Bradenton outfielder Barnes burdened by his body
- Penguins president: General manager, coach won’t be fired
- Pitt AD Barnes has enjoyed varied career in college sports
- Rossi: Rutherford falling apart, too
- Experts: If health insurers’ safeguard goes broke, consumers could pay