Police talks proceed
Seven Fields OKs EC memorandum
Cranberry Eagle
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February 18, 2013

SEVEN FIELDS — The borough plans to move forward with a plan for a regional police force with Evans City even after discussions last year deteriorated.

Seven Fields is under contract with neighboring Cranberry Township until the end of 2014 for police coverage, although both municipalities must agree by the end of this year whether to continue the agreement.

Borough council Monday night approved a memorandum that lays the foundation for a future agreement with Evans City.

That memorandum stipulates that Seven Fields will earmark $50,000 both this year and next for the potential creation of a regional police force.

It also states that both municipalities will buy an SUV police cruiser by January 2015, which is when any proposed agreement would go into effect.

Under preliminary terms, Seven Fields would pay for 51 percent of the cost of the police department while Evans City would pay 49 percent. Seven Fields also would provide office space in its borough building for the department.

The memorandum is a continuation of discussions that broke off last year between the two municipalities after Cranberry officials declined to release Seven Fields from the contract early.

Borough manager Tom Smith acknowledged any joint police department is still years in the future, but added that now is the time to start planning.

“Seven Fields is pleased to move forward with Evans City in the creation of a regional police department,” Smith said. “This provides the foundation for both communities to work toward building a successful police relationship.”

The memorandum also states that the two municipalities would create a police board comprised of the two mayors and two council members.