Training, a police car and appointing a temporary officer in charge were three police related items on the agenda at the last Mahoning Township supervisor's meeting in which some of the decisions met with some opposition, especially vocalized in the 4-1 selection of Audie Mertz as temporary Officer in Charge, standing in for Police Chief Kenneth Barnes for reasons not stated during the meeting.
"I disagree with the person," Supervisor Travis Steigerwalt said after being the lone dissenter in the 4-1 vote to appoint Mertz from February 13th until the end of the month. Chairperson John Wieczorek called the motion after a brief executive session for personnel matters. Mertz was the only one named as a candidate for the temporary position and Wieczorek along with Supervisors Linda Benner, Bruce Steigerwalt and Franklin Ruch approved the motion while Steigerwalt opposed it.
In other police matters, supervisors voted 4-1 to repair police car number 34 which has 175,000 miles on it and was having some issues. The repairs will cost $1,650.04 and in that vote Supervisor Bruce Steigerwalt was the only opposing vote while the other four voted in favor of the repairs.
Supervisors unanimously agreed to approve payment of $295 for Officer Amie Barclay to attend a three day training seminar at Richland Township. Barclay told supervisors she was taking her personal vacation time to attend the conference and will be using her own vehicle. The session recommended by Barnes was approved on a 5-0 vote.
Also in a different police matter, supervisors approved reimbursing an unnamed officer for the cost of a pair of boots, a jacket, gloves and trousers that were contaminated by a bleeding hepatitis suspect in the course of an arrest. The damaged clothing totaled $310 and was approved on a 5-0 vote upon recommendation by the chief.