Mcadoo council members voice police officer recommendations
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.”
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.
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.”