Brooks named Lawrence police chief|
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer
The Lawrence Township Board of Supervisors appointed Mark Brooks as its chief of police at last night's meeting.
Brooks had been serving as interim chief since November due to the retirement of former Chief Jeff Fink.
Chairman Glenn Johnston thanked everyone who applied for the job saying the township received a number of good candidates but said they selected Brooks because of his experience and knowledge of the police department and said he has been "exemplary officer" during his service with the township.
Brooks, 45, has served with the police department since May of 1990. He will earn the same salary as he did as interim chief, which is $24.07 per hour.
Brooks did not attend last night's meeting due to an illness but spoke to The Progress in a phone interview this morning. He said he was both "pleased and surprised" to learn the supervisors had named him chief last night and said he did not have a statement prepared.
He said he is pleased that the supervisors are moving forward with its plan to hire two additional part-time police officers and knows the supervisors have a difficult job balancing the needs of the township and thanked them for the work they are doing.
He also thanked the supervisors for working with the department to improve its efficiency over the past few months since Fink retired.
In other business, the supervisors voted to:
• approve the resolution raising the sewer surcharge by 50 cents per 1,000 gallons of water usage effective yesterday.
The increase puts the township's sewer surcharge at $4.25 per 1,000 gallons. The increase is to help fund the township's $1.5-$2 million project to correct storm water infiltration into the sanitary sewer system in the Hyde area.
• advertise for bids for 1,000 tons of 2RC stone and 2,500 tons of 2C modified limestone.
• advertise for openings on the zoning hearing board and the Wolf Run Industrial Park Authority board.
• approve the bicycle race on July 14 being held by the Clearfield American Legion.
• purchase a new Dodge 550 dump truck with V-plow kit at a price of approximately $78,000 under the state contract from Radco Supply of Towanda.
• purchase up to $18,000 in 1B stone from Leonard Trucking of Frenchville. The township's previous supplier Mike Beaver Trucking went out of business with approximately $20,000 worth on its contract. Leonard Trucking had been partnering with Mike Beaver Trucking on the contract and had delivered several loads of stone to the township and had offered to complete the contract at the same price.
To simplify the process the supervisors decided to purchase the maximum allowable without having to go out for bid, which is $18,000.
The 1B stone is used as anti-skid on the roads and Lawhead said the township probably would not need $20,000 worth of stone for the rest of this winter.