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Before or after, Lansford divided on when to hold executive sessions

Published April 14. 2011 05:00PM

The public portion of Wednesday's Lansford borough council meeting started at 7:30 p.m., one hour later the traditional 6:30 p.m. starting time. That's because council held an executive session to discuss personnel, building and litigation matters, president Adam Webber said.

Just as he was leaving the meeting, Councilman Andrew Snyder moved to have the executive sessions always held before the public portion of the meetings instead of at the end, as has been the tradition, so that he would be able to vote on matters discussed in the closed sessions. Snyder sometimes has to leave early to go to work.

Council also deadlocked on that vote, with council members Mary Kruczek, Rosemary Cannon and Tommy Vadyak opposed and Lenny Kovach not voting. All three were concerned the switch would hurt residents who wanted to attend the meetings.

Council members Danielle Smith, Snyder and Webber were in favor of holding the executive session before the public meeting.

When council goes into executive session, the audience must leave the community center and stand outside. There are no benches or sheltered space for people to wait. That might be OK in the warm, clear weather, Cannon said, but not in cold or rainy weather.

In other matters, Snyder offered to make photo identification badges for borough employees. The badges contain identifiers that can only be seen with the use of a special light, so they cannot be counterfeited. Snyder said he has all the equipment needed to make the badges and would make them free of charge for the borough. council voted unanimously to have him do that.

Also, Kovach asked council if he could send a borough worker to occasionally help out in neighboring Summit Hill. Both Summit Hill workers are off for medical reasons, he said, and that borough has sent its workers to help Lansford. Council agreed that that was a good thing to do.

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