At the same meeting in which Mount Joy Township supervisors rejected a request to change fees for apartment inspections, supervisors heard from the Mount Joy Township Forest Fire Company about its plans to establish a fire police department.
“There is strictly a shortage of fire police in the area,” said Joe Link, the fire company’s chief engineer.
Officials from the fire company said they wanted to be able to offer mutual aid to the regular fire departments in the region by doing things like providing traffic control at fire and traffic accident scenes. Township supervisors voted unanimously to defer action until February while awaiting information about insurance costs and for any advice their solicitor might offer.
Also, supervisors voted unanimously to approve the use of the Fairview Municipal Complex from 10 a.m. t 4 pm. on Saturday, June 23, for a fundraising event for the Northwest Regional Lancaster County Police Department’s K-9 unit. A motorcycle ride is to begin and end at the municipal complex and other events are planned such as first responder demonstrations and displays. In the event of rain on June 23, the event is to be postponed until Saturday, June 30.
Also, Northwest Regional Police Chief Mark Mayberry said progress is being made on setting up a safe space for people to meet to buy and sell items from strangers. Many people make agreements with strangers to buy and sell items advertised online, but there are times when the purported seller is actually trying to lure a victim with a large sum of cash to the site of a robbery. Police are setting up an area with video monitoring so there will be a place monitored by police for completing the transaction.
“They just started putting the camera up today,” Mayberry said.