Mca­doo coun­cil mem­bers voice po­lice of­fi­cer rec­om­men­da­tions

The Republican Herald - - LOCAL - By JIM dino STAFF WRITER

MCA­DOO — Mem­bers of the bor­ough coun­cil want the po­lice depart­ment to do cer­tain things, and there will be one more of­fi­cer to per­form those du­ties.

On Tues­day night, the coun­cil voted unan­i­mously to au­tho­rize pre­sen­ta­tion of po­lice com­mit­tee rec­om­men­da­tions to Mayor Stephan Holly and Po­lice Chief Jeff Wain­wright.

“Some of the rec­om­men­da­tions were pa­trolling all sec­tions of town, rather than just stay­ing in cer­tain ar­eas and a lit­tle bit of code en­force­ment,” Coun­cil­woman Mar­ion De­balko, a mem­ber of the po­lice com­mit­tee, said. “Our code en­force­ment of­fi­cer is only part time, and they are full time. They should be see­ing high grass and aban­doned ve­hi­cles. (These rec­om­men­da­tions cover) even the way they work, mak­ing sure they have the proper time off, not just work­ing ev­ery­where.”

Coun­cil Pres­i­dent John Shigo said “there is a chain of com­mand we have to fol­low” in pre­sent­ing the rec­om­men­da­tions to the mayor and chief, which was done at the coun­cil meet­ing.

“I asked the chief if he had pre­sented any of our rec­om­men­da­tions to the other po­lice of­fi­cers,” De­balko said. “He told me it would have to go through the mayor first.”

Holly said, “That’s some­thing that should have al­ways been. We will dis­cuss them.”

The re­sults of that dis­cus­sion will be made to coun­cil mem­bers by a re­port to the po­lice com­mit­tee, which Holly said will be done be­fore the next coun­cil meet­ing Oct. 10.

The coun­cil also voted unan­i­mously to hire Steven Tor­res as a part-time of­fi­cer. Wain­wright, who re­quested an­other part-time of­fi­cer be hired, said Tor­res will be the fifth part-timer to go along with the bor­ough depart­ment’s four full­time of­fi­cers.

Holly said on Mon­day that he was im­pressed with the young of­fi­cer.

“I thought it was a very good in­ter­view,” Holly said. “He is fresh out of the academy. He seems like a real good can­di­date. He also speaks Span­ish flu­ently, and I think that would be ad­van­ta­geous to our depart­ment.”

Coun­cil­woman Mary Labert also was at the in­ter­view, along with De­balko.

“I thought he was a good can­di­date,” Labert said. “The only thing he doesn’t have any ex­pe­ri­ence, but it is hard try­ing to get of­fi­cers with ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Wain­wright said seek­ing part­time of­fi­cers is an on­go­ing ef­fort.

“We are al­ways look­ing for the right per­son,” he said. “When ap­pli­ca­tions come in, we will take a look at them.”

hal­loween

Holly said po­lice will be out to pro­tect trick-or-treaters from 5

to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

Labert said the bor­ough’s an­nual Hal­loween pa­rade will be held Oct. 29. Judg­ing will be at 1 p.m. with the pa­rade start­ing at 2.

“The pa­rade will fol­low the same route — Adams Street to Han­cock, Mon­roe, Kennedy Drive and Grant Street. No pets are al­lowed,” she said.

Pot­hole dis­pute

A dis­pute over a pot­hole on Han­cock Street will be set­tled, and the pot­hole it­self will be fixed.

Bor­ough solic­i­tor Joe Baranko in­formed the coun­cil an agree­ment has been reached to re­pair the sub­sur­face of the street where the pot­hole formed about two months ago.

“The con­trac­tor will ex­e­cute a change or­der al­ready is­sued to ex­tend the con­crete en­case­ment of the con­nec­tion points for an ex­ist­ing and a re­lo­cated wa­ter line.” Baranko said. “We didn’t want to top it over, in case we got to this point where he had to dig it up again. He will do his work, get it cor­rected, then we’ll top it, and that should be the end of it.”

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