Petitions circulating Reynoldsville to fund part time police in the 2021 budget

There are petitions circulating in Reynoldsville and online that call for the funding for part time police officers be restored to the 2021 budget.

The budget totals $833,175 and does include funding for the regular police items including the salary for Chief Troy Bell, but does not include money for  part time officers.

Right now, one position is filled by Officer Tammy Murray, who works ten hours a week. That schedule started in February of this year when council adopted an amended 2020 budget which moved her from full time to part time status.

Georgia Murray, mother of Officer Murray is one of those circulating the petition. She said it has been placed at three locations, Mike’s BILO, McCabe’s Drug Store, and the Reynoldsville Hardware, as well as online. She says that, to date, approximately 284 signatures have been collected. Some people have expressed their concern online about the lack of police protection in the borough if this budget is adopted as is.

William Cebulskie, Reynoldsville Borough Council president, confirmed that the 2021 budget does not include funding for a part time officer, but he added that the money saved will be used as part of the borough’s efforts to beautify the town.

“We plan to take that money and do things in town to attract more people,” he said.

The borough is responsible for matching funds for state grants, including the more than $200,000 grant being sought by the Reynoldsville Pool. In June of this year, council adopted a resolution of commitment to provide $44,000 in matching funds for that grant. Cebulskie said other grants are being sought that will require matching monies as well.

He said that he has had discussions with Troop C of the Pennsylvania State Police about providing coverage when needed, and he is confident that will happen. He also said funding for a part time officer could be revisited in future budgets, but this year the need is greater for matching funds and “the budget reflects that.”

Council approved the first reading of the budget at its meeting November 10. It does include a new amusement tax on games of skill to raise additional funds. Final action will take place at the December 16 meeting at 6 p.m. It will be held at the Reynoldsville Fire Hall.

Corrected 12/4/2020 9:05 a.m.

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2 Replies to “Petitions circulating Reynoldsville to fund part time police in the 2021 budget”

  1. What the Borough Council is doing is they are getting rid of the part-time officers position which Sargent Murray has just to get rid of her , and then they’ll reintroduce that position back next year just to hire somebody different Sargent Murray does her job and does it well and the council doesn’t like that , she doesn’t play favorites if you’re in the wrong you’re in the wrong. I’m sure the residents of Reynoldsville would much rather have extra police protection than they would a beautification project. Our Town won’t be beautiful for very long if we allow disreputable people in and allow them to set ground here to do their crimes and sell and do their drugs. I think that a lot of people will agree, what is the sense in having a beautiful town if you can’t safely walk down the streets.

  2. Didn’t this start out as an invalid police contract? That plan must not of worked out for council. Then the council moved Sgt Murray from full time to part time and refused give her more than 10 hours a week. Now they want to remove her completely. How is taking away 10 hours of our protection going to “beautify” the town? I believe that a lot of citizens including myself feel this is a personal vendetta against Sgt Murray. I think we as Reynoldsville citizens need to be at the next council meeting on December 16th at the fire hall (6:00)

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