KULPMONT - Kulpmont Borough put its police force temporarily out of service Wednesday evening, citing insurance problems.

Kulpmont Borough Council did not say much following a nearly two-hour executive session, but announced the move after the meeting ended at 8:50 p.m.

"The board met in executive session starting at 7 p.m. on a personnel issue," was the official word from solicitor William Cole. Chief of Police Richard Wilson elaborated a bit more.

"We were told that all operations were suspended due to an insurance issue," Wilson said as he left the meeting. The chief, along with two union representatives, met with council for

about 30 minutes.

Council President Bruno Varano said the Pennsylvania State Police has been notified and will patrol the area and respond to calls.

"They were in the area earlier today responding to an incident," Varano said. "We are working to have this matter resolved as quickly as possible."

Word of the shutdown started to filter out earlier in the afternoon when a constable told a News-Item reporter at Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones's office that he guesses he wouldn't be transporting any prisoners for Kulpmont since the department was being disbanded as of 3 p.m.

Before he was admitted to the meeting, Wilson confirmed that was the information he received.

"I got the call this morning that the department was shut down as of 4 p.m.," Wilson said outside council's meeting room. "I'm here to discuss the issue."

Wilson was mum after the discussion, saying only that the department was suspended due to an insurance issue.