CLARKS SUMMIT — Members of the borough council voted, 6-0, to approve the purchase of two 2017 Chevy Tahoe four-wheel drive police vehicles from Chapman Auto Sales at a cost of $93,329.54, paid of out the general fund, which will be reimbursed through a Monroe County Local Share Account grant.
Local Share Account funds may be used for economic development, community development and public interest projects in Monroe County and its contiguous counties, which include Carbon, Lackawanna, Northampton, Pike and Wayne.
Clarks Summit Chief of Police Chris Yarns expects the vehicles to arrive by early September.
“We’re grateful to Senator (John) Blake and State Representative (Sid Michaels) Kavulich for bringing this to us,” Clarks Summit Mayor Patty Lawler said. “Without their help, we wouldn’t have received the grant.”
Members of the council also voted, 6-0, to spend $1,440 to purchase two mobile police radios with console boxes for the new vehicles. The funds will come out of the capital reserve fund.
Members of the Clarks Summit Police Department were presented with a plaque at the beginning of the meeting to recognize the borough being ranked as the 10th safest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, according to a 2016 report from SafeWise. The cities were evaluated on the number of reported violent crimes and property crimes per each 1,000 residents.
“The officers and myself want to thank the members of council, who never denied any requests,” Lawler said. “They have been respectful of our needs and we realize we would have never gotten this award if it weren’t for the sitting council members.”
In other business:
• Members of council voted, 6-0, to approve the purchase of a skidsteer with a bucket and street sweeper attachment from Medico Industries Inc. for $50,862 with $46,000 being drawn out of the general fund and $4,862 from the capital reserve fund.
• Members of council approved a $1,000 donation to the Countryside Conservancy.
• Members of council voted, 6-0, to spend $334 to purchase a police scanner.
• Members of the board voted, 6-0, to install a new 100 watt street light on the cul-de-sac on Primrose Drive.
Yarns voiced concerns regarding transmission problems with the department’s police radios.
“It’s been going on for a while,” he said. ” There is some sort of interference occurring in a channel or frequency nearby that is overpowering the area and it’s not working for us. It’s very frustrating and could be dangerous. “
Yarns added the Lackawanna County Department of Emergency Services invested in a crystal filter, but officers are still experiencing problems.