SMITHFIELD -- Smithfield Township Supervisors Tuesday adopted an ordinance to give the green light for the Athens Area School District's school resource officer position at SRU Elementary School to move forward.

The ordinance allows jurisdiction for the Athens Township Police Department to provide an officer for coverage within the municipality, but township Solicitor Pat Barrett noted that it doesn't provide for officers to "set up speed traps or anything like that."

Additionally, the passage of the ordinance "costs nothing" to Smithfield residents, Barrett added.

In terms of next year's budget, supervisors noted that after review of the overall spending plan and current tax rates at their Oct. 23 work session, and will feature no further changes for next year.

There will be no tax rate increase for 2019.

Few notable changes were made apart from a 3 percent pay increase for township employees, effective Jan. 1, 2019.

Rental rates for the veterans grounds were set at a one-day rental fee of $150, with $25 returned after the event -- if all trash is removed and no damage incurred. Subsequent days for rental will be an additional $25 each.

Lastly, supervisors approved the purchase of a John Deere 6110M cab tractor at a cost of $108,000.

Township officials are slated to formally adopt the township's 2019 budget at their Dec. 4 meeting, set for 8 p.m.


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