MCRPD accepts plan

YEAGERTOWN – The Mifflin County Regional Police Department Board of Directors voted to allow the department to enter into a pension payment plan with the borough of Lewistown.

Discussion around the payment of the unpaid pensions for officers with MCRPD. During a regular meeting of the MCRPD Board of Directors on April 10, a letter was received from the Lewistown Borough Council expressing its willingness to pay MCRPD for unpaid pensions in the amount of $440,000 from when the police department provided service to the borough.

During meetings on Monday night the supervisors of Brown, Derry, and Union townships and the Burnham Borough Council signed certified documents allowing this agreement. John McCullough, chairman of the MCRPD Board of Directors, told the board members they were there to authorize the department to enter in the 90-day payment period.

“With all of the municipalities having voted to accept this offer, we, as a board, now have the power to accept this offer,” McCullough said.

The offer was accepted by a unanimous vote. McCullough said the next step it to have those voting members of the board sign a single document, which outlines the terms of the agreement, which will then be taken to each municipality for its secretary to verify that the signature is a council member for that municipality. The plan is to have that document then be delivered to the Lewistown Borough manager and council president with a letter for them to sign verifying the letter has been received. Once those in the borough of Lewistown has received the copy, the borough’s 90-day payment period will begin.

The agreement severs the last formal tie between Lewistown Borough and MCRPD, nearly four years after the borough voted to end its relationship with MCRPD in the summer of 2010 to form its own police department. Lewistown Police Department took over police service for the borough from MCRPD on Jan. 1, 2011.

The MCRPD Board of Directors regularly meets at 5:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the MCRPD building in Yeagertown.