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Hereford Set to Approve Robust Emergency Radio Funding
Written by Candace Perry, Correspondent

        The upgraded emergency radio system comes with a hefty price tag, but it will surely be worth it for anyone needing EMS services.

        The Hereford Township Board of Supervisors received the documents to enable the “county radio local government debt act,” as described by solicitor Eugene Orlando, at their Tuesday meeting.
        The documents provide the language for the resolution that the supervisors will need to approve to enter into financing for the radio systems for the Hereford Fire Department and the shared costs of the Seisholtzville Fire Department and the Bally Ambulance Service.
        The total amount to be borrowed in low interest loans from Berks County is $90,459.
        Orlando noted that it would need to be determined if the township was going to seek reimbursement for that amount from any of the emergency services, but chairman John Membrino said that there had been such a discussion but that it “went away.”
        In most cases the fire departments had received grants to cover their portions of the costs for the mandated radio upgrade.
        The supervisors discussed concerns about who actually would own the radios if the municipality was taking out the loans. 
        “Who actually owns the radios while this is going on?” asked Supervisor Keith Masemore. “And at the end?”
        Orlando noted that the borrower owns the radios during the term of the loan, which will be five years, and in the end they would become the property of the emergency responders. The solicitor noted there is some ambiguity; however, because “we don’t have any bill of sale or purchase with the county.”
        The supervisors will adopt the resolution at the next October meeting after the emergency services providers and the supervisors have an opportunity to review the documents.
        In maintenance news, secretary/treasurer Norann Warmkessel reported that she sought bids on the zero-turn lawn mower the township wants to purchase, and that she couldn’t find a better price than what is available on state contract, which is $15,165. Since the mower will not be needed again until next spring, the supervisors will budget it in 2013.
        Additionally, Warmkessel noted that she believed that it would be a better route to accept sealed bids for the old Mack truck the township is looking to dispose of, given that she already has a firm offer of $5,200 for the truck, which is in poor condition. The supervisors had thought they might go the route of online municipal bidding.
        In code enforcement news, the supervisors expressed concerns about the lack of communication regarding inspection for the Hungarian Club’s campground licensing. The club is located on Huff’s Church Road and operates year around. 
        Code enforcement officer Joe Groff had done and initial inspection and had created a list of items for the club to work on, but the organization had not called him for a second inspection in order to get their license approved. 
        As the regular camping season is now over, and the license still has not been issued, the supervisors thought they needed to take the next step in issuing an enforcement letter.
        “They’ll be cited, and their occupancy will be revoked,” stated solicitor Orlando.
        Township secretary Warmkessel is going to research the ordinance to determine if there is a time limitation on when these licenses must be completed for seasonal uses.





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