The West Fallowfield Board of Supervisors unanimously approved relocating its police department to the West Fallowfield Community Center at its meeting last Thursday night.
The police department is currently located in the township building off of Route 10, on Church Street. The Community Center is located on Route 10.
In making his motion, Supervisor Charlie Kauffman said the supervisors have determined that it's too cost prohibitive to put a police department in the township building when it builds a new one. He said they would advise the Octorara Community Recreation Com-mission (OCRC), which leases the community building for $1, that they would be taking possession of at least two rooms for the police department, a third one as needed.
When asked the timeframe for relocating the police department, the supervisors said they would likely time it with the start of the construction on the new township building.
When asked when they hoped to start the new building, Chairman Elmer King replied, "Seven years ago", then said a date had not yet been determined.
Brian Wenzka, executive director of the OCRC, said the relocation of the police offices to the community building would likely not impact the recreation commission, which currently uses up most of the rooms in the former schoolhouse. Because plans are in the works to merge the OCRC with the YMCA to form the Octorara YMCA, Wenzka said they are looking for new location that would accommodate them not only in the long-term, but the short-term too.
In addition to the OCRC offices and its Student-Age Care (SAC) program, township Secretary Bonnie Walton has her office in the community building.
The police department has a full-time police chief, Charles "Smoke" Wilmont, and three part-time officers.
In other business
The supervisors approved waiver requests for a property owner who is joining his two-and-a-half acre lot with a neighbor's 10 acres to prevent it from being built on.
Walton reported that the Zoning Hearing Board had rejected an appeal from Turkey Hill to relocate its gas pumps. According to Walton, Turkey Hill, which currently has a land development plan before the township and had been before the Zoning Hearing Board previously, had gone back before the board to ask for permission to move its tanks and the board rejected its request.
The supervisors also approved increasing the pay to Zoning Hearing Board members from $25 to $36.