Logan supervisors consider bulletproof glass

Logan Township supervisors are considering six ways to spend $614,000 in savings realized from bond refinancing, including an estimated $15,000 for bulletproof glass inside the municipal building.

A list of options for spending the money, reviewed during Thursday’s supervisors meeting, gave top priority to road paving, even though no specific areas have been identified and the effort might wait on the proposed sewer expansion project to be completed.

While paving seemed to draw unanimous support from supervisors, the bulletproof glass suggestion generated some disagreement.

“As I go into my own bank, there’s not bulletproof glass there,” Supervisor David Rhoa said. “How far do we go to protect ourselves?”

Township Manager Tim Brown said the recommendation reflected the desire to provide additional protection for township employees. The municipal building offers window access to the police department on the first floor and to two departments on the second floor.

Supervisor Ed Frontino said he would support the bulletproof glass as a way to secure the township building.

“Unfortunately, structures like this can and have become targets,” he said.

Frontino referenced a shooting in September, when Kevin McGee, 45, of Johnstown fired a shotgun at a Richland Township police cruiser outside the Richland Township Municipal Building. Officers immediately responded, and when McGee failed to drop his weapon, an officer shot him. McGee was taken to a hospital for surgery.

“I’d hate to have to go to a funeral home and offer condolences to someone’s spouse because we didn’t do something,” Frontino said.

Supervisor Jim Patterson suggested that someone with those kind of intentions could bypass the municipal building and go up to the highway garage where others work.

“How do we protect them?” Patterson asked.

Supervisors said they will continue reviewing the options, which also included buying a single-operator leaf vacuum, a tar buggy for sealing asphalt cracks, putting concrete on the shale parking areas of the municipal grounds and repaving the walking paths at Leopold Park.

Because the township realized the $614,000 savings by refinancing its 2008 bond issue, bond refinancing rules require that 85 percent of the money be spent within three years.

Altoona Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 946-7456.