One police department will make a proposal to provide police services to West York, while four others are still considering whether to do so.

Wes Kahley, York City's police chief, said he's in the midst of gathering information, such as call volume and needs of the borough, that will be given to Mayor Kim Bracey, who will make the ultimate decision.

"We're looking into it right now," the chief said. "We need to collect all the data."

The West York council recently voted 4-3 to send letters to York City and four other police departments or municipalities to request proposals for contracting police services.

Letters were also sent to West Manchester and Spring Garden townships and York Area Regional and Northern York County Regional police departments.

Discussion: Chief Tom Gross of York Area Regional said in an email that his department received the letter and will present it to the police commission for its consideration.

The letters are requesting proposals that include costs that would be valid through the end of this year.

Mark Bentzel, chief of Northern York County Regional, said he received the go-ahead from the department's commission to prepare a proposal that will be sent to borough officials.

The letter-sending spree came as the West York police department's union is seeking to hold negotiations with the council for a new contract. The current contract is slated to expire at the end of this year.


Legally, the council can disband the department once the contract expires. However, if it disbands it before then, there

would likely be a court battle, Mario Eckert, representative for West York Police patrolmen's union and business agent for Teamsters Local 776, previously said.

Cost: Kelly Kelch, West Manchester Township manager, said the board of supervisors will discuss the proposal request during its Thursday, Feb. 28 meeting.

"At that point we'll decide if we want to do it or not," he said.

Township officials will have to consider a number of factors if it were to send the proposal.

The police station would have to be expanded, and additional police officers would have to be hired, all at the expense of the township.

One caveat of a proposal the township would send the borough is that it would require the borough to enter into a 10-year service agreement because of the investment to the station and hiring additional officers, Kelch said.

"We'd have to do it for a profit," he said.

Kahley said providing services to the borough would have to be financially beneficial to the cash-strapped city.

"There's no way the city would enter into it without it being financially viable," the chief said.

Propose: York City Mayor Kim Bracey said the city will submit a proposal by the borough's March 4 deadline, adding city officials are still putting together the proposal.

"We don't want it to cost anyone (taxpayers in York City and West York) any additional money," she said. "If it makes sense, we'll definitely put something in in hopes the borough will review it for consideration and hope that it will work out for everybody."

Greg Maust, manager of Spring Garden Township, referred questions to township police Chief George Swartz, who could not be reached for comment.


The next West York Borough Council meeting will be held at 6 tonight at the borough building, 1700 W. Philadelphia St.

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