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Wednesday, September 4, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Poconos shooting brings concern about safety at Municipal Building

Does the Salisbury Township Municipal Building need bulletproof windows?

That was one of the ideas presented during a discussion of public safety at the township municipal building.

"We are taking measures to secure our building," Salisbury Township Manager Randy Soriano said. "We did that before the incident."

Soriano was referring to the Aug. 5 tragedy in Ross Township, Monroe County, when a disgruntled resident allegedly opened fire on public officials and those at a meeting in the municipal building, with three persons succumbing and three others injured.

"Somebody has suggested to me putting in bulletproof windows," Commissioner Joanne Ackerman said at the Aug. 8 Salisbury meeting.

Secure doors, locks and other safety measures were to have been completed at the end of August at the Salisbury building.

"Can we stop anyone with a gun?" Soriano asked.

Commissioner Debra Brinton noted that Salisbury Township Police Chief Allen W. Stiles, or a department representative, attends the twice-monthly township meetings.

"That guy wanted to kill more people," Brinton said, referring to the alleged Ross Township municipal building incident.

"Guns are allowed. That's the state of our society," Soriano said.

"All we can do is protect ourselves as best we can," Brinton said.

In other business, commissioners voted 5-0 at the Aug. 8 township meeting to approve:

ŸDisposition of 53 boxes of township records, in accordance with the Municipal Records manual, including quarterly billing journals, meter reading records and daily cash receipts, all from January 1996 through December 2005; and

ŸAdoption of policy and procedures for compliance with the Professional Services Contract Provisions of Act 44, which covers a Request for Proposals for professional services, including investment, legal, actuarial and consulting. "The state would like every municipality to have procedures in written form," Soriano explained.

Commissioners voted 5- 0 at the Aug. 22 township meeting to approve:

ŸProposals for Franko Farm House repairs, including $2,315 for re-pointing of exterior walls; $15,250 for windows and doors replacement and $7,709 in overall repairs. Township board Vice President Robert Martucci Jr. recommended delay of $5,150 in summer kitchen roof repairs.;

ŸPayment No. 4, $7,474.23, to Sewer Specialty Services Company, Inc., for testing and grouting in the sanitary sewer pipe joints project;

ŸPayment No. 1, $39,579.74, to A. Scott Enterprises, Inc., in the water-main replacement project.