Brookville Police, Fire Departments Front and Center at Council Meeting

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – The Brookville police and volunteer fire departments were the focus of Tuesday night’s borough council meeting.

Police Chief Vince Markle introduced three new, part-time officers and council approved them.

The officers included Bruce Cramer, a 20-year veteran of the Reynoldsville Police Departments, Daniel Clark, and Evan Maxwell.

Mayor Richard Beck swore in the officers, who were welcomed by council.

Chief Markle had requested the borough hire part-time officers to cover recent vacancies that existed.

Markle also reported a $10,000.00 donation by the Brookville Eagles Club to help buy a new police cruiser. Markle reported the best price he could find through a government program was $28,633.00. The safety committee will determine the next course of action.

Chief Markle also reported that the department had 74 calls in February, including 19 traffic violations, dozens of parking violations. Officers filed charges related to seven misdemeanors and six summary offenses.

Mayor Beck also said the department would be increasing its patrols on Allegheny Boulevard.

“We’re not going back to the days where we just sat up there, but we do need to increase our presence there because we are getting more complaints of speeding there,” Beck said.

After an executive session, council also approved removing Police Secretary Jennifer Dolan from her probationary status and increasing her pay to $13.50 per hour.

Both the police and fire departments also received donations from an event that was held last Saturday at the Heritage House.

Tammy Miller and her daughter, Abby, were at the meeting to present checks of $1,207.83 each to both departments.

Miller is the wife of Brookville Volunteer Fire Chief Dave Miller.

Deputy Chief Ryan Pearsall was present to accept the donation as well as Markle.

More than 250 people attended the fundraiser.

“Tammy did a great job putting on the event, and we’re thankful for these types of community efforts,” said councilperson Karen Allegeier.

Pearsall also gave a department report for February.

They had four structure fires, one car fire, and a flooding call.

Pearsall also reported that four BVFC members will fly to Wisconsin soon to examine’s the department’s new ladder truck that is nearly built.

Public Works Director Dave Vallosio was also lauded for his department’s work this winter and in helping the fire and police departments.

Both police and fire chiefs were appreciative of the work done by the department in keeping their equipment and vehicles running.

Council solicitor James Dennison was also appreciative of the snow removal work.

“I work on Main Street, and the snow is always cleaned up,” Dennison said. “Your guys are doing a great job.”

“We have a great group of guys in the department,” Vallosio said in agreement.

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