Duncansville OKs raffle fundraiser

DUNCANSVILLE — Borough Council this week gave permission for Mayor Lloyd Forshey to hold a raffle-style fundraiser so the borough can buy dashcams for its two police cruisers.

The dashcams currently on the cruisers are several years old and don’t work anymore, Forshey said at a meeting this week.

The cost for repairing the current dashcams would be “astronomical,” so it would be better to replace them with new ones at a cost of $10,000, Forshey said.

Forshey hopes to hold a “200-club” style event on the third Saturday in February.

A 200 club is a group of people who raise funds for a good cause, according to an online source.

“That’s a nice idea,” Councilwoman Cindy Blontz said.

The event will probably include a dance and a disc jockey, Forshey said.

Raising funds for the dashcams will eliminate the need for council to budget the money for 2019, Forshey said.

The borough needs the dashcams, as “the state is almost making this mandatory,” he said.

Councilwoman Jeannette Mills asked about grants as a substitute for the fundraiser.

Any grants are relatively small — perhaps $1,000, although funding would help, Forshey said.

A recent standoff in the borough in which a gun was drawn on an officer was the type of incident in which dashcams can be critical for providing proof of what happened, Forshey said.

The borough’s budget for 2019 is expected to contain funds for bodycams, Forshey said.