LT Supers Approve Cowan as Full-Time Patrolman

CLEARFIELD – After an executive session for personnel last night, the Lawrence Township Supervisors voted to replace Sgt. James Glass with one of the part-time patrolman, moving that individual to a full-time position.

The patrolman moving into the full-time position is Zachary Cowan. The supervisors made it clear that they are not replacing the sergeant position, only filling an open full-time position with Glass’ election to a district magistrate seat.

The township currently has seven full-time and three part-time officers.

Police Chief Douglas Clark asked the supervisors for permission to purchase a server for the department’s visual alert system. He said right now the system cannot be used in the cars without a stand-alone server.

He presented a quote to the supervisors from Curry Technology Associates for a Lenovo Think Server of $3,547, including set up.

Clark said that eventually he wants to install cameras in the patrol cars and the server will be used to store video from those cameras.

Supervisor Jeremy Ruffner raised the concern of having adequate storage for the department’s needs. The supervisors approved the purchase pending Ruffner reviewing the equipment specifications with Curry Technology.

Solicitor James Naddeo presented the supervisors with two resolutions. The first is in opposition of House Bill 1620, a wireless infrastructure bill.

Naddeo said if is it passed, it will limit the township’s ability to use zoning to control where equipment is placed and the penalties are “draconian” he said, with fines of $10,000 and jail time.

The second resolution dissolves the Wolf Run Authority and will need to be filed with the Department of State. The supervisors approved both resolutions.

Under supervisor reports, Ruffner noted that the township Web site is inadequate for current needs of the community and suggested looking into a company that makes Web sites specifically for municipalities.

He said in addition to providing information to residents, it would also provide information to those planning to move into the area, both residents and businesses, and also have information for police, zoning, etc. in a members only area.

The supervisors approved exploring updating the Web site.

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