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June 13, 2014

Neshannock supervisors differ on Harley price

NEW CASTLE — The Neshannock Township supervisors have reduced the lowest amount they will accept for selling the police motorcycle.

Supervisors Steve Demofonte and Joe Gierlach agreed to $9,000 as the lowest possible bid for the 14-year-old Harley-Davidson.

Supervisor Ed Stevens, who says he does not want to sell the bike, opposed lowering the price.

Last July, Stevens and former supervisor Ralph Sheen agreed to buy the used motorcycle that had nearly 11,000 miles and a full package on it. They paid $7,115.50.

The motorcycle has since been used only once by the police.

Last month, Demofonte and Gierlach announced plans to sell it plus 16 other pieces of surplus township equipment.

They had set $12,500 as the lowest bid they would consider for the bike. This week they reduced that because it has not sold.

“You said you wanted $12,500 or you wouldn’t sell it,” Stevens reminded them. “What if the bike doesn’t sell for $9,000?”

“We’ll lower the price again,” Gierlach replied.

Demofonte said he favors selling the bike and worries every time he hears about a motorcycle accident.

“I don’t want one of our employees to be killed” in an accident, he said. “That concerns me greatly.”

Demofonte said he understands Stevens opposes the sale.

“I know you ride, and that you’re safe. I don’t worry about you,” he said. “But if one of our employees is injured or killed, that’s a worker’s comp case.”

Stevens said he believes the motorcycle “is another tool for the police department” and could benefit the department.

“I don’t agree that Neshannock Township needs a motorcycle,” Gierlach said. “I see it as a hindrance.”

(Email: nlowry@ncnewsonline.com)

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