Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances
Lance: To the Cheswick Council. We guess cutting the cost of police services almost in half isn't good enough for the council. It rejected Springdale Borough's offer to take over policing for $182,000 — that's $161,000 less than it's currently paying. Hopefully, the council will revisit this decision.
Lance: To Westmoreland County Sheriff Jonathan Held. We understand why the sheriff was adamant about proceeding last week with drug testing for himself and his 12-member management team — he was facing a serious public relations problem after one of his deputies was arrested for heroin possession. But the county commissioners — via Solicitor Mark Gesalman — suggested delaying the tests because of questions they would breach the employees' rights and invite litigation. Smart public officials know when the solicitor says “whoa,” it's time to pull back on the reins.
On the “Watch List”: Leechburg Area sports. The Blue Devils are forsaking the WPIAL for PIAA District 6, where they will play other tiny, rural schools in Westmoreland, Indiana and Cambria counties. Essentially, Leechburg is surrendering its long legacy in the WPIAL in search of football victories. We shudder at the thought of kids, parents and fans making a trip back from a basketball game at Northern Cambria High School — it's 59 miles — on hilly, snow-covered, two-lane roads.
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