Po­lice Chief Kensey re­signs

The Southern Berks News - - FRONT PAGE - By Denise Larive

The Amity Town­ship Board of Su­per­vi­sors unan­i­mously ac­cepted the res­ig­na­tion of Po­lice Chief An­drew J. Kensey, ef­fec­tive Nov. 21.

Kensey, who has led the de­part­ment for the past three years, in­formed the su­per­vi­sors that he is re­sign­ing be­cause he plans to move his fam­ily out-of-state.

Sgt. Jeff Smith was ap­proved as the in­terim chief of po­lice un­til the board de­cides on a per­ma­nent re­place­ment for Kensey.

Kensey was hired in 2015 to re­place for­mer chief Kent A. Shue­brook, who re­tired. Kensey pre­vi­ously served 23 years with the Phil-

adel­phia Po­lice De­part­ment.

The main fo­cus of Wed­nes­day’s meet­ing was a new fire­works or­di­nance.

The lead­ers of Penn­syl­va­nia’s 2,561 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties re­al­ized by July 4 that their lo­cal laws couldn’t ad­e­quately pro­tect the pub­lic from Penn­syl­va­nia res­i­dents who are now al­lowed to pur­chase and

use aerial fire­works.

The su­per­vi­sors unan­i­mously ap­proved an or­di­nance that ad­dresses those is­sues.

Chief Kensey said his de­part­ment re­ceived 14 fire­works com­plaints calls be­tween July 1-5, as well as many calls be­fore and af­ter the hol­i­day.

Kensey and board mem­bers said the ma­jor is­sue was the dis­charge of aerial fire­works in the town­ship’s sub­di­vi­sions, where there isn’t

150 feet be­tween houses (or an “oc­cu­pied struc­ture,” as spec­i­fied in the state law).

The board be­gan to draft this sum­mer a new or­di­nance that would in­cor­po­rate the state’s Fire­works Law, Act 43 of 2017, ef­fec­tive Oct. 30, 2017.

Amity’s Or­di­nance No. 307 pro­vides the rules and reg­u­la­tions for the sale and dis­charge of con­sumer fire­works, the dis­charge of dis­play fire­works, and the penal­ties for the vi­o­la­tion of the

or­di­nance.

It in­cludes the def­i­ni­tions and the rules and reg­u­la­tions for con­sumer fire­works and dis­play fire­works (used only by pro­fes­sional py­rotech­nics).

In or­der to pro­tect res­i­dents’ health, safety, and wel­fare, the board pro­vided the def­i­ni­tions of an “oc­cu­pied struc­ture,” a “tem­po­rary struc­ture” (for stor­age and sales), and an out­door stor­age unit for the man­u­fac­ture, trans­porta­tion, and stor­age of fire­works.

Dis­play fire­works can­not be dis­charged with­out re­ceiv­ing a town­ship per­mit for a per­son age 21 or older, and who must first pro­vide a bond (of at least $50,000) to cover the cost of dam­ages to per­son or prop­erty.

An­other pro­tec­tion to the com­mu­nity is restrict­ing the dis­charge of con­sumer fire­works to no later than 10 p.m. on any date, and dis­play fire­works no later than 10:30 p.m. on any date.

The only ex­cep­tion is that

dis­play fire­works may be dis­charged un­til 1 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

Fire­works own­ers who vi­o­late the or­di­nance can be fined $100 (upon con­vic­tion), plus any ad­di­tional fines or ci­ta­tions.

Their fire­works stock can also be seized by po­lice if it is im­prop­erly “of­fered or ex­posed for sale, stored or held in vi­o­la­tion of the Act.”

Su­per­vi­sor Terry L. Jones was ab­sent from the meet­ing.

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