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Lanford council adjusts meetings to once a month

Published December 29. 2011 05:01PM

Lansford borough council on Wednesday agreed to drop back to one meeting a month.

That meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month.

The move to have two meetings a month, on the second and fourth Wednesdays, was approved in April, with the idea that the new schedule would shorten council's often lengthy meetings. But the meetings have continued to run late into the night.

All council members who attended a public meeting Wednesday Mary Kruczek, Tommy Vadyak, Lenny Kovach, Danielle Smith and Rosemary Cannon agreed to return to one meeting a month. Councilmen Andrew Snyder and president Adam Webber were absent.

In a related move, council scheduled its reorganization meeting for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 3.

In other matters Wednesday:

• Vadyak read a report from borough computer technician Jeff Leslie. Council on Dec. 6 asked Leslie to search an office computer used by assistant secretary Karen Burrell to see what has been accessed and to clear it of all but borough business. The report said the computer contained a large number of movies.

"That's what we're paying the assistant secretary to do. Watch movies," Vadyak said.

• Hired O'Brien's Moving and Storage, Allentown, for $900 to move the borough offices from above the American Fire Co. No 1 building on Patterson Street to the community center on Ridge Street. The move is expected to take place on Jan. 13.

• Cannon lashed out at Webber, saying she's never the borough operations as bad as they have been this year. Cannon said Webber insisted on being on every committee, but often fails to attend meetings; is hard to reach; lives out of town (an accusation Webber has denied); and fails to follow through on commitments.

"The buck stops with him," she said. "He needs to be held accountable."

Vadyak also chided Webber, saying he failed to establish a budget committee, contributing to the delay in fashioning a 2012 spending plan. Vadyak also said Webber failed to follow through with his promise to research alarm systems for the community center.

• Tabled a request by Webber to be reimbursed for the 161.24 miles he traveled to Harrisburg recently to testify at a hearing concerning police Chief John Turcmanovich's lack of a contract. Turcmanovich has now been working more than a year under the terms of his former contract.

Webber made the request via email, and did not give details as to where he went or why. Kovach said he wanted that information to be part of the record. Council also needs to determine how much the mileage reimbursement would be.

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