Eaton Township supervisors voted last Wednesday to begin looking into police coverage for the municipality.
Supervisor Paul Rowker said he put it on the agenda because of recent events - particularly the shooting at Weis Market on June 8.
“My opinion is that we need police protection now more than ever,” Rowker said, noting that maybe the township could get a part-time police force.”
Supervisor Ken White said that “it’s always busy busy any more,” and the time was probably right to seriously consider it.
Supervisor Randy Ehrenzeller agreed as well and a motion was placed on the floor “to explore options to solicit police protection,” which passed unanimously.
Resident Abe Kukuchka, who recently won both the Democratic and Republican primary nominations for the supervisor seat being vacated by the retiring Ehrenzeller, was at the meeting last Wednesday, and asked about how much it would cost.
“That depends on how much police protection we want,” Rowker said. “I think we should look at starting with 20 hours a week and see where that leads.”
White said he had spoken with the Tunkhannock Township Police Chief Ed Morristell about various possibilities, and he seemed receptive to further talks.
Ehrenzeller said he had spoken to Tunkhannock Borough Council President Stacy Huber who also seemed open to talks.
In the audience was Borough Patrolman Dustin Cokely, who was the first local law enforcement official to enter in the Weis Market June 8 after a call went out over the Wyoming County 911 center.
“It was just tragic,” Ehrenzeller said, noting he appreciated Cokely’s presence that morning as well as at their meeting Wednesday.
Cokely acknowledged that what happened at Weis was indeed tragic but declined to discuss the matter further.
“We want to thank you for being here that morning,” White said. “You did an awesome job.”
The supervisors talked about the township’s bicentennial celebration coming up this Saturday with free hot dogs for everybody. They wanted to make sure the volunteers and corporate sponsors were thanked for going beyond the call of duty.
“It’s going to be a great time,” Ehrenzeller said, to which the other supervisors nodded in agreement.
Secretary Brenda Novak said that the Impact Fee money came in and was much higher than planned for in the budget.
Supervisor Rowker also spoke to a security camera system that would be installed around the township building and was looking for that to be in place.
The supervisors next meet on Tuesday, August 1.