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business with a door as well as a gate that barricades the entrance, he said he thinks having a box on the wall with a key inside is a security threat.

The Knox Box system is used all over the country, Kohl stated, and the boxes can’t simply be broken into by smashing with a hammer or prying with a crowbar. Mountaintop Hose Company President David Hourigan offered that lock boxes have been used in his real estate business for 15 years and one has never been broken into. “They are indestructible,” he said, with Kohl adding a burglar would have an easier time accessing a building in other ways.

Three pharmacies in Fairview Township as well as Geisinger Health System would have to install the boxes under the ordinance and they are not opposed, Hourigan said, adding, “It’s a well thought out system.”

The average box costs about $300 and some Knox Boxes can come with the option of being tied into a business’s security system, Kohl added. He went on that the keys inside are controlled by computer access that only four firemen have and a computer on the firetruck will record how long the key was used and other information.

This seemed to alleviate some of Tredinnick’s concerns. Still, he asked if some businesses can be given an exemption from following the ordinance. He repeated that he’d prefer the fire department break down the door to his business, which his insurance will cover, than take the chance that someone will access his key and steal and distribute his firearms.

Supervisor Robert Orloski noted the board would not be comfortable deeming some businesses exempt, as it would be difficult to discern which establishments have items of enough value that they should be excluded. He and Kohl also countered that giving the fire department immediate access, rather than forcing the firemen to break in, can save an entire building when time is of the essence.

In other business at the April 3 Board of Supervisors meeting, Hourigan reported that the fire department answered 24 calls in March and has ordered a new rescue truck, paid for by grants including one for $7,500 from the F. M. Kirby Foundation. The hose company president thanked the public for contributing to the recently-implemented fire tax, stating it has brought in over $62,000 so far.

Fairview Police answered 329 calls in March, Orloski reported, including 37 calls for suspicious persons or vehicles, nine burglar alarms, five animal complaints, two counts of domestic disturbances, two thefts, one count of criminal mischief, and one sex offense.

Police also responded to eight motor-vehicle accidents, assisted other police agencies 50 times, issued 16 traffic citations, and issued four warnings. Officers also received training in several areas throughout the month.

The township’s Easter egg hunt, held at Memorial Park, was a success, reported Supervisor Fred Rose, and he thanked several families who helped with the event, which included a DJ, photos with the Easter bunny, and face painting.

Roads crews have been out clearing roads 31 times this winter, stated Roadmaster Russ Marhold, and more salt was delivered on March 29 and on April 3. Workers have been cold patching pot holes and will start hot patching when weather permits, he said.

The township’s zoning department brought in $7,414 in permits and fees for the month of March, related Zoning Officer John Doddo. Two complaints were received about abandoned vehicles and one stopwork order was issued.

The D & L Trail has received grant money to improve parts of the trail and officials from the D &L have asked the Fairview supervisors to provide a letter of support for a study to be conducted regarding where improvements in this area shall be made; the board agreed.