Labor costs for providing police protection to Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Township residents could rise next year because of potential work agreements with members of the township police force and its police chief.
A township Board of Commissioners‘ negotiating committee has reached “an agreement in principle” on a new labor contract with rank-and-file officers, board Vice President Jonathan Spadt announced last week (Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008). Although no specific dollar amounts or terms were discussed and talks technically remain open, Spadt said final documents are being reviewed by both parties.
The board on several occasions has expressed its satisfaction with what it sees as township policing improvements in recent years. Given their compliments, board members would be hard-pressed to deny police officers a modest-or-better increase in salary and possibly other benefits. The same applies to Police Chief Michael Shade, who commissioners also have publicly praised and whose labor contract is being negotiated separately.
Board member Stephen Klotz earlier acknowledged the committee had “gotten a little, and given a little” at the bargaining table with police representatives, before township Solicitor R. Kurtz Holloway advised against saying more.
“We’re just about there,” Spadt said of the negotiations. The board hopes to sign contracts before year-end, and earlier said it was happy to avoid engaging in contract arbitration with police officers.
Editor’s note: This story was updated and revised since its initial publication.
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