Town and Gown Get Down to Cases on Public Safety

Swarthmore College vice president for Finance and Administration Gregory Brown (left) and director of Public Safety Michael Hill (right) presented Swarthmore Police Chief Brian Craig with a photo print of the Benjamin West House, which is the headquarters for the college’s public safety department. The gift was in special thanks for the sensitive and effective service that the Swarthmore Police Department (and especially Sergeant Ray Stufflett) provided following the accidental death of a college student last fall.

Swarthmore College vice president for Finance and Administration Gregory Brown (left) and director of Public Safety Michael Hill (right) presented Swarthmore Police Chief Brian Craig with a photo print of the Benjamin West House, which is the headquarters for the college’s public safety department. The gift was in special thanks for the sensitive and effective service that the Swarthmore Police Department (and especially Sergeant Ray Stufflett) provided following the accidental death of a college student last fall.

Swarthmore Borough Council
By Chris Reynolds

At the Monday meeting of Swarthmore Borough Council, vice chair and Public Safety Committee chair David Creagan reported that the Swarthmore Police Department and the Swarthmore College Public Safety Department have finished drafting the memorandum of understanding, which defines the two entities’ interactions, mutual benefits and obligations.

Representatives of the college and the public safety committee will put the document to final review in the next month, with the expectation that council can vote on its adoption in August.

Creagan noted his appreciation as a resident and a public servant for the work of the two departments, “I want to acknowledge the importance of police in our lives, the risks they assume daily, and the challenges they face in dealing with a diverse community.”

Creagan also reported on the continuing discussion of future directions of the Swarthmore Fire and Protective Association. “It seems clear that the fire company is going to need outside funds in order to continue to keep fire and ambulance service going for the borough,” Creagan said.

Borough manager Jane Billings has developed projections for fire company budgets going out ten years, which will be considered in larger discussions of the future of the fire company.

The next of these will be at the meeting of the Public Safety Committee, open to the public and scheduled for Tuesday, July 9, 7:30 p.m. at Borough Hall.

No Dog Park in Umoja

Council member and Public Works/Parks and Recreation chair David Murphy reported that the three members of the committee had considered, but did not support, a suggestion that part of Umoja Park be dedicated as a dog park.

Mayor Tim Kearney said that “turnout for July 4 was as good as I’ve seen,” and there were no injuries reported in the first-ever adult bike race. He characterized the ribbon-cutting at Central Park on the Fourth as a “pretty wonderful affair,” and that the park has been very well used since opening.

Environmental artist Massey Burke will return to patch some areas of the rammed earth walls, and to seal the walls to protect them. Final elements of the park — including permanent signage and the electric car charging station — will be installed in coming months.

Council president David Grove summed up the mood of the group with a heartfelt expression of gratitude to the Swarthmore Centennial Foundation for its contributions that made Central Park a reality, at almost no cost to borough taxpayers.

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