The Herald, Sharon, PA Published Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Ending of police service no cause for hard feelings, supervisor says

By Patrecka F. Adams
Herald Staff Writer

Jefferson Township Supervisor Richard Brandes said he admires Fredonia council's president.

"I respect the community and the decision they made," Brandes said Tuesday of the decision to have state police cover the borough. "I really appreciate Council President Larry McAdams and I have a high regard for him for going with the people against his own feelings.

"That's sometimes hard to do."

Monday, McAdams cast the deciding vote to end the Jefferson-Clark Regional Police Department's patrols of the borough. After opening 155 residential surveys, council voted 4-3 to let the contract expire at the end of the year.

But Brandes, who also serves as chairman of the police commission, said council's decision will not affect the relationship between the municipalities.

"In our association with Fredonia borough, I've met some very nice people," he said. "I'd like to thank the people of Fredonia for giving us a chance to work so closely with them."

Brandes, who attended a town meeting Sept. 30 regarding continuation of the police coverage, said the people in the community made their decision based on what they thought was best.

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