Council members faced a full room, with questions about response times between the current police building and the plan to relocate to a building four miles away.
The borough has since shut off power to street lights because of dire financial straits. Council has also returned small stipends for their work. Councilwoman Michell'e Boice said a state-of-the-art police facility could lead to additional costs that might outpace funding for police operations.
In the end, council voted four to two in favor of using the state grant to fund the police department relocation. One councilman abstained.
Minutes before council's vote, President Larry Radel directed the entire council to move to a back room for "ten minutes." Eyewitness News asked the purpose for the apparent closed session. Solicitor Charles McCormick said he would find out.
Council members returned a short time later after Eyewitness News indicated an objection would be made if council left to go into executive session. At least three council members refused to join Radel.