St. Vincent College, Latrobe discuss city police working on campus
Latrobe police could be patrolling St. Vincent College's campus in Unity and providing security at special activities, such as commencement and sporting events, if a agreement is reached between the city and college officials, city officials said Monday.
Latrobe manager Alex Graziani said city representatives have discussed with college officials a proposal to provide the school with up to 100 hours of police protection per year, which is equal to about eight hours a month. The city would be paid at a rate of $95 an hour for the police protection, which would cover the officer's hourly rate and benefits, Graziani said at a council meeting to discuss the agenda for the March 11 meeting.
St. Vincent's campus police force provides campus security, and the city has an agreement with the college to provide protection when requested, Graziani said.
“We believe the visibility (of Latrobe police) would help to reinforce the presence of their (campus) officers,” said Graziani, who wants to prepare an agreement for council's approval.
Solicitor James Kelley said the city may need permission from the Unity supervisors to enforce any township ordinances, such as parking violations, and from state police to enforce any state laws, such as crimes against persons and property.
Police Chief James Bumar and Graziani discussed with Unity supervisors early last year the possibility of providing police services in certain areas of the township — at St. Vincent College, Arnold Palmer Regional Airport and the Greater Latrobe junior and senior high schools.
At the time, Bumar said that Unity supervisors would have to adopt a resolution granting the police department the authority to enforce laws within certain jurisdictions. The city never presented the supervisors with any proposal to provide police services in the township.
Unity, which does not have its own police force, receives police protection from state police at the Greensburg barracks.
“If Unity had its own police force, the college would not have to pay,” Graziani said.
In other matters, Graziani said that the city's engineer predicted that Latrobe will not get a $1 million grant from the state's Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program until 2014.
Graziani said the city has to submit an updated application for the grant, which Latrobe sought to help pay for the $3 million renovation of the downtown parking garage between Spring and Weldon streets.
The city issued $3.8 million in bonds to pay for the parking garage renovations and refinance old debt, so city officials have discussed how the money can be used since the garage renovations are almost finished.
Councilman Richard Jim said that money should be used to pay for the debt related to the garage repairs.
“It was promised to most of us that the money would be used to retire the bonds,” Jim said.
Jim suggested having a representative from PNC Financial Services Group, the Pittsburgh-based bank that handled the bond issue, provide council with recommendations on how to best use the money. The city cannot start repaying the bonds until 2017, five years after the bonds were issued.
Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.
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.
- Motorcyclist killed after striking pole in Penn Township
- Hempfield train crash search called off; no evidence found
- Online donors help Hempfield teen whose wallet was stolen
- Westmoreland used car dealers indicted in fraud
- Numerous Westmoreland communities to observe Memorial Day
- ‘Dope sick’ man in custody in Mt. Pleasant stick-up
- 2 from Westmoreland County charged in child porn investigation
- Arnold man could get resisting arrest charge dismissed
- Derry Township teen breaks into fashion as runway model
- Travel restrictions to be lifted on Route 30 in Hempfield
- Defense for Irwin man charged in fatal wreck seeks expert to aid in his defense