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Crescent, Moon Leaders to Discuss Sharing Police Services, Costs

Crescent Township officials seek the meeting on a proposal to obtain police coverage from Moon officers. They also appoint a new, permanent police chief.

Moon Township supervisors and Crescent commissioners have agreed to meet and discuss police services in their neighboring communities.

A date for the meeting has not been scheduled, Crescent Manager Patience Eckhardt said.

In September, Crescent Commissioner Karen Patton requested a meeting with Moon Township Supervisors to explore a potential contract for police services with Moon's department. 

Members of Crescent's Board of Commissioners have expressed interest in disbanding the community's police department in favor of contracting out services to Moon Township's police department as a cost-savings measure. Board members discussed those efforts with the public during a commission meeting in August. 

Moon supervisors accepted Patton's request in September, and Crescent commissioners approved the meeting during their December regular meeting, Eckhardt said. 

Supervisors John Hertzer and Jim Vitale will meet with two Crescent's commissioners during the closed-door meeting, which will not require a quorum. 

Hertzer said supervisors will not negotiate the cost of a potential contract at the upcoming meeting.

"It's kind of their meeting—it was (Crescent's) request" Hertzer said of the upcoming conference.

"We provide a lot of service (to Crescent Township) already, but this would have to make economic sense for (Moon) township," he said. 

No negotiating has taken place between the townships. Crescent's police union contract expires at the end of 2013; the lack of a contract could potentially pave the way to disband the department.  

Crescent Police filed an unfair labor complaint against Crescent commissioners in 2011.

In that complaint, the union contended that commissioners threatened Capt. Ken Longerman in October 2011 by telling him they were prepared to contract with Moon for police services and disband his department if the union requested additional benefits. 

Crescent Police dropped the unfair labor charge in April after the parties reconciled, according to a representative from Teamsters Local 205, which represents Crescent Police. 

Three months later, however, Crescent Commissioners arranged a meeting with Moon Police Chief Leo McCarthy and Capt. Greg Seamon to discuss the possibility of Moon taking over patrols in Crescent, Seamon told Patch

Earlier this month, Crescent approved the hiring of Martin Zimmel as the township police department's full-time chief. Zimmel has served as the department's interim chief since September 2010, Eckhardt said.

Former Police Chief Todd Miller resigned from the position in September 2011. 

Crescent commissioners could not be reached for comment.

sae January 16, 2013 at 11:19 PM
Crescent has police? They should disband its department and let Moon handle it. - Crescent Resident
Jonathan Wright January 17, 2013 at 12:20 AM
You live in Crescent Sae? Where might you live that you wouldn't know they have their own police department? Since Crescent is such a huge Township.....
Hope January 17, 2013 at 10:32 PM
Crescent Police provide a great service to our community. Moon cannot substitute what they do. My understanding is they will not take direction from Crescent's Commissioners. Residents need to again speak out against disbanding our police at the next meeting.
mary ann smith January 22, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Im a life long resident of crescent and feel if the police would just do their jobs there wouldnt be a problem, the places I see the police cars are pats pub, gradys garage and at the station(the gas station that is). How about stop hangin at the Pub and chattin at the garage and do some patroling ! The commissioners just want to keep the residents safe!
Jonathan Wright January 22, 2013 at 11:15 PM
Mary ann, how do you know what the Commissioners want? It almost sounds as if you are following the police? If the Commissioners want to keep the residents safe; and you are a life long resident, how many times has your house been broken into? Lets talk turkey, when have you been a victim of crime? Instead of bashing the police, since you know everything they do, lets talk about the facts instead of your speculation.
mary ann smith January 23, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Well Jonathan my house hasnt been broken into but I dont attribute that to fine police work I have one big mean dog security. i do know the couple of times I have called it took 20 min for them to come, good thing I didnt have a knife to my throat! Some of the newer officers do do their jobs, and many of the good ole boys that have been around awhile do not! maybe we just need to weed out the slackers.
Crescent Mom January 23, 2013 at 08:13 PM
Okay, I've been reading this comment thread and similar ones, and I think with this latest post, we can say definitively that Crescent commissioners are getting on this site and posting under an anonymous names. I mean Crescent is such a small town. Not much happens, so who the heck would have this strong of feelings about the police? It's just weird, is all I'm saying. I don't have a problem with the police, and I don't think this is an issue of whether the police performed up to *your* standards. That's beside the point. It's a bigger, broader issue. So why don't you just come out and say who you are (ahem...Mary Smith).
mary ann smith January 23, 2013 at 08:38 PM
Well Crescent mom believe it or not there are people named mary smith in this world check the phone book there are thousands of us lol. Im just saying there are some officers in Crescent that hang out more than work !
Jonathan Wright January 23, 2013 at 08:48 PM
Well Mary ann, weeding out some slackers is a far cry different than giving away our police department to Moon because they are at Kwik-Fill. The officers that are doing their jobs get penalized too in that realm. Call a spade a spade Mary ann. Since the Board of Commissioners hired a new Chief of Police of their choice, maybe he can get out the slackers? We shall see. Besides, don't the Commissioners say this is all about not having money? I didn't know the real issue was slackers. Thanks Mary ann for the enlightenment.
Hope January 26, 2013 at 04:31 AM
Mary Ann, As a lifelong resident, surely you know how to read the township minutes. They clearly document how many miles the police travel each month, the number of calls they respond to, arrests made, etc. Surely you are aware that Grady's does all the service/repairs on township vehicles. Those are also documented in the monthly minutes. Perhaps the officers are there in that capacity. The gas station is located on the main road of our township. The police constantly patrol it and understandably make stops there, since so many trucks and cars passing through the township stop there. Thank goodness they do. They just made a drug arrest there recently. Good Job! Finally, you must be aware that "the pub" as you call it, is located in Moon. While I personally have NEVER seen a patrol car there, it would be with-in their rights to go there or anywhere else in Moon on their lunch break. If I were you, I would be more concerned about more than two commissioners (isn't that a quorum?) seen at "The Pub".

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