New Castle News

February 20, 2013

Neshannock supervisor’s checks going to the dogs

Nancy Lowry
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — A Neshannock Township supervisor’s paychecks are going to the dogs.

Ralph Sheen, supervisor chairman, Tuesday contributed almost two years of paychecks toward the purchase of a police dog — more than $2,000.

At a special meeting last week, the supervisors approved spending up to $16,000 to purchase and train a dog and officer and to equip one of the department’s seven patrol cars to accommodate a police dog. Officer Al DeCarbo will be the dog handler.

Police expect to get the dog this summer.

Sheen, who has not cashed a supervisor’s pay check since October 2011, presented the police department with an envelope of uncashed checks that he said amount to “a couple thousand dollars” to be used for the dog.

However, township secretary/treasurer Leslie Bucci said most of the checks are too old to be cashed.

Following the meeting, Bucci said the “good” checks — those 90 days old or less — total about $400. That includes the $55.16 net payment for Tuesday’s meeting, which Sheen signed and included in the envelope.

Although the checks total $2,138, Bucci said, the “old” checks can’t be cashed.

Sheen said he doesn’t believe he has to have the township re-issue the out-dated checks. However, he said, the township solicitor and Bucci have discussed the matter and he will follow whatever advice the solicitor has provided “in order to get the full amount” of the checks put toward the dog.

“I’d like to have others match that to pay for the dog,” he said of his contribution. “This is the best thing to spend it on.”