Zombie run was ‘flawless’ Police chief reports to borough council

By on October 30, 2013

By:

PATRICK BURNS Lititz Record Express Staff

, Staff Writer

The 5k zombie run, Monster Bash street festival, and Halloween Parade have kept Lititz Borough police busy this month, Chief William Seace said Tuesday.

But besides a few minor problems at the parade, the events went "very, smoothly," Seace reported to borough council at the board’s monthly meeting.

The zombie run and Dawn of the Lititz Dead party that included beer sales on a half-block section of Main Street, went off "flawlessly," he said.

"I think it was a credit to those people who put it together," Seace said.

"It was just a fun event. There were no incidents whatsoever with the alcohol."

A few people strayed with a beer beyond the designated party area on Main Street, from Cedar and Broad streets, during the 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. party.

"When asked to get back in, they turned around and went back in," Seace said.

He informed the board that some of the Lititz officers participated in the event – filling water balloons that were tossed at runners on zombie obstacle courses within the run.

Karen Weibel, council president, noted that the event helped strengthen bonds between police and the community.

"It’s always impressive when we see our guys in blue on the street, but especially when we see our guys interacting with our residents and how many families and children they know, and the great rapport they have with them."

Seace said the unspecified problems at the parade would be taken care of.

"We had a couple of hiccups last night with the Halloween parade, and I hope to address those next year," he said.

In other news:

Seace reported that 221.3 pounds of prescription medicine was collected in the 5th National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative. He said the amount is seven pounds more than last year, and seven times more than what was turned in during the first initiative.

The board approved loan modifications with Susquehanna Bank that helped lower interest rates and attain a lower cap on two loans totaling over $2 million.

The interest rate on the variable rate loans, of $600,000 and $1.6 million, was lowered .05 percent to 2.65 percent, and the caps on the loans went from a maximum of 10 percent to 5 percent. Loan specialist Jamie Schlesinger said the loan modification allowed the borough to avoid a $5,000 bump in monthly payments and maintain its current monthly bill of $26,000.