Meetings are scheduled next week of the two committees charged with making recommendations to Greencastle Borough Council about the future of the police K-9 unit.

At the February borough council meeting, President Frank Webster Jr. tasked the public safety committee and administration and finance committee with looking at the police dog program. The committees will make recommendations at the next council meeting on Monday, March 5.

The public safety committee will meet Monday, Feb. 26, and the administration and finance committee will meet Thursday, March 1. Both meetings begin at 4:30 p.m. in borough hall and are open to the public.

Council was set to talk about eliminating the program amid budget concerns in December, but the discussion was postponed after the police dog, Rony, was hit by a car and killed while off duty.

"I know our community joins me in feeling the sorrow from this loss. However, it is imperative that this governing body make a decision about the future of the program," Webster said in a statement read on Feb. 5.

He asked the committees to "debate the program and make a recommendation to council as to whether the program should be terminated or continued."

Webster's statement also said, "I encourage all members of the public to take part in these committee meetings and be part of the discussion. I believe that the public needs to be part of the decision-making process.