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Township Police Station Should be Done in June

Upper Macungie Township is expecting the construction of its new police station to be complete in June.

 

Construction of the new Upper Macungie Township police station is on track to be completed in June.

Township Engineer Dean Haas said there was a delay in installing an elevator in the building. 

Earlier this month, the Berks-Lehigh Regional Police Commission the police force at the end of this year. Upper Macungie Township Supervisors had to withdraw from Berks-Lehigh and create the township's own police department. The supervisors were uphappy that the township provided about 76 percent of the funding for the department but only gets a 25 percent voting interest. 

The supervisors hired Edgardo A. Colon, station commander for the State Police Troop M at Fogelsville, to be the new police chief. He plans to retire from the state police in August and begin working as a consultant for the township as it makes the transition from being part of the Berks-Lehigh force to creating its own. The Upper Macungie police department is expected to be in place by Jan. 1, 2013.  

Upper Macungie Township Supervisor Edward Earley said at this point the Berks-Lehigh police force will not be using the new building but will continue to use the trailer next to the Public Works building as the station.  

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