LAFLIN — Borough council members responded to inquires from residents on Monday night regarding the future of the borough’s police department by indicating the force’s future might indeed be in doubt.
“Crime Watch members have heard the department may be disbanding and contracted out,” said Glen Gubitose, chairman of the Crime Watch.
Council President Paul Benderavich responded: “We cannot continue moving forward with current expenses. It would make it necessary to raise taxes every year,” he said.
Gubitose said it would be worth paying an increased tax amount if it meant increased safety for residents. He also expressed concern a diminished police presence might negatively affect property values.
“Regionalization is the future,” said Benderavich. “We are considering several options for funding our police department.”
He also stressed discussions on the matter were preliminary, with Laflin’s police contract running through 2014.
Laflin was not awarded any state gaming money, despite an infrastructure badly in need of maintenance, stressing its budget.
“We cannot forget sewer issues that need our attention and finances,” said Councilman Tom Parry.
“It blows my mind that we are so close to the casino and have not received any gaming money,” said resident Bob Pinkos.
In another matter, council accepted a bid from Smith Blacktopping for $1,300 for road repairs near Cherrywood and Dogwood streets. It also accepted a bid from Pikes Creek Site Contractors for its Walnutwood inlet replacement project for $6,419.
Council also announced the annual community yard sale to be held June 22.
The next meeting of council will be at 6 p.m. July 8.