At the Jim Thorpe's latest Borough Council meeting, Mayor Michael Sofranko spoke about traffic and speeding in Jim Thorpe. He also commended Police Chief Joseph Schatz and the Police Department for their hard work.
Sofranko stated that he spoke with Schatz about traffic and speeding in Jim Thorpe and Schatz worked with the police department on plans to get speeding down.
Schatz stated, "There is a lot of traffic here in the borough. So we sat down as a group of officers and came up with a plan."
The police department set up more speed timing devices around the borough and the police department is focusing on cutting down speeding all over the borough.
A few weeks ago, during a two week period 83 vehicles were stopped on North Street (Route 903). Around 62 were given verbal and/or written warnings and 18 citations were given.
Schatz said that the police department is also working on stopping people that run stop signs at intersections, especially targeted areas.
Schatz thanked Borough Council for the tools needed to get speeding down.
Sofranko stated that residents in the borough have voiced concerns about traffic and speeding. The police department, along with their daily business, is targeting these problem areas.
Both Sofranko and Schatz stated that the police department will continue to work on bringing speeding down and make people aware of the speed limit.
Sofranko said that he wanted to praise the Chief on his leadership and thanked him for working on getting speed in control.
He also stated, "I would like to thank the entire police department."
In other JT police department news:
The department is working on getting business information sheets compiled.
"Our goal is to get every business in the borough to fill out the business sheet," said Schatz.
The business sheets will ask for contact information in case of emergencies and will be for the use of the police department and the communications center.
Also, Sofranko stated that the borough will be utilizing the money given by the county through the Hotel Tax to have police officers at the Fall Foliage Festival. Each weekend there will be 4 to 6 officers at the festival.
Also, council approved the hiring of a part time police officer.
In other news, council approved the following:
The award of the heating/AC bid to Master Mechanical Corporation for Memorial Hall in the amount of $87,903.00. CDBG fund amount is $71,114.00 and $16,789.00 will be paid out of the General Fund account.
The 2013 Financial MMO for the pension plans in the amount of $178,634.
The resolution authorizing, empowering and directing the proper officers of the governing board to appoint a liaison between it and Berkheimer for collection of the Earned Income Taxes.
The resolution of the governing board of Jim Thorpe, authorizing and empowering its local tax collector, Berkheimer, to impose and retain costs of collection on delinquent taxes.
The resolution by The Jim Thorpe Lions Club to make October 29th Mary Packer Cummings Day in JT.
During public comment questions were asked regarding the water and sewer rates.
Council President, Betsy Ahner stated that we are still working on the rates.
She also stated that the number of commercial rates in Jim Thorpe is not the correct number and they are working on getting the rates properly categorized.