Board hon­ors po­lice depart­ment mem­bers for ser­vice

The Ambler Gazette - - OPINION - By Thomas Celona

Mem­bers of the Whit­pain Town­ship Po­lice Depart­ment have be­come fa­mil­iar faces both in the sta­tion and out in the town­ship. That fa­mil­iar­ity has grown over the years and, for some mem­bers, over the decades they’ve served the peo­ple of Whit­pain.

The board of su­per­vi­sors hon­ored two mem­bers of the depart­ment who have been with the po­lice for a quar­ter-cen­tury dur­ing its Oct. 2 meet­ing.

“We have two peo­ple who have given 25 years of out­stand­ing ser­vice,” board Chair­man Joseph Palmer said.

The board pre­sented both Sgt. Cathy Penecale, who serves as the depart­ment’s pub­lic in­for­ma­tion RI­fiFHU, DnG 1HDO .HUU, WKH GHSDUW­ment’s records clerk, with plaques rec­og­niz­ing the 25 years they have spent with the depart­ment.

“For the suc­cess of a town­ship, it is re­ally im­por­tant that we have long-term peo­ple who em­brace the FRPPXniWy ... DnG DUH XnVHO­fiVK in their giv­ing,” Palmer said.

In other busi­ness at the meet­ing, Pub­lic Works Di­rec­tor Ron Cione gave an over­view of the town­ship’s up­com­ing tree trim­ming ef­forts.

“We get a rash of phone calls from res­i­dents, bus driv­ers that there’s sight ob­struc­tions at in­ter­sec­tions,” he said, not­ing each fall, many road signs get blocked by trees.

“It’s hard to en­force reg­u­la­tions if you can’t see the signs,” he said. “It’s im­por­tant these signs are not ob­structed.”

In ad­di­tion to the safety is­sue, trees need to be trimmed to pre­vent dam­age to the large pub­lic works ve­hi­cles, such as snow plows, paving ve­hi­cles from out­side com­pa­nies and emer­gency ve­hi­cles.

“It saves a lot of headaches for us if we can get the res­i­dents to trim back” their trees, Cione said.

The area above the street must be clear of trees 12 feet up from the pave­ment, while the area above side­walks must be clear up to 10 feet, ac­cord­ing to Cione. The town­ship will be send­ing “friendly re­minders” to res­i­dents about the tree trim­ming re­quire­ments.

“Our pref­er­ence would be for the home­own­ers to trim the trees,” Town­ship Man­ager Ro­man Pron­czak said, not­ing if that is not done, town­ship crews will have to do so.

Cione said the tree trim­ming would start on main roads be­fore mov­ing into neigh­bor­hoods and likely would not all hap­pen this year.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the board an­nounced the dates of its three pub­lic bud­get work ses­sions as it gets set to draft the town­ship’s 2013 bud­get.

The work ses­sions will be Oct. 16 at 7 p.m., Oct. 23 at 9 a.m. and kov. 13 at 9 a.m. The Oct. 16 work ses­sion will pre­cede the reg­u­larly sched­uled 8 p.m. board of su­per­vi­sors meet­ing. All work ses­sions will be held in the meet­ing room at the town­ship build­ing.

Photo cour­tesy of Whit­pain Town­ship Po­lice Depart­ment

Neal Kerr, records clerk for the Whit­pain Town­ship Po­lice De­par­ment, shakes hands with board Chair­man Joseph Palmer af­ter the board of su­per­vi­sors pre­sented him with a plaque rec­og­niz­ing his 25 years of ser­vice with the town­ship po­lice depart­ment dur­ing the board’s Oct. 2 meet­ing.

Photo cour­tesy of Whit­pain Town­ship Po­lice Depart­ment

Sgt. Cathy Penecale re­ceives a plaque from the Whit­pain Board of Su­per­vi­sors rec­og­niz­ing her 25 years with the town­ship po­lice depart­ment dur­ing the board’s Oct. 2 meet­ing. Pic­tured with Penecale are, from left, board Chair­man Joseph Palmer and Su­per­vi­sors Tony Greco and Melissa Mur­phy We­ber.

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