Zelie spends $5K on guns for police
Eagle Staff Writer
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By Caleb Harshberger
December 2, 2017

ZELIENOPLE — Borough Council has approved the purchase of $5,000 in new sidearms for the borough’s police officers.

“Our firearms are over 19 years old,” said chief Jim Miller at Monday’s council meeting. “Their night sights are nonfunctioning.”

The warranties on the sights expired after 10 years. They would cost about $1,500 to fix, according to Miller.

Instead, the department will trade in the guns for $2,600, which will be credited to the purchase of the new firearms. The department will pay the remaining $2,400 to purchase about a dozen guns.

The weapons to be purchased are 9 mm Glock 19 model pistols. Officers will be certified with them shortly after they arrive, according to Miller.

Council also heard from John Kovacic, who updated councilors on the Emergency Management Agency’s recent growth.

“The Harmony-Zelienople EMA has grown to include Jackson and Lancaster,” Kovacic said. “We are changing the name to the Seneca Area EMA.”

They are going through the process of making these changes official, including the new townships, new name and a new logo.

The change will result in more funding, resources and coverage area, Kovacic said.

The EMA is also looking to build stronger relations with groups throughout the county including the American Red Cross.

“There’s a lot of work we still have to do,” he said. “We’re moving along well.”