Mayor seeks salary hike for part-time policemen
Could part-time police officers in Palmerton be in line for a wage increase?
Borough Mayor Chris Olivia would like to see that, and broached the subject before borough council on Thursday.
"I'm asking council for a part-time police officer pay raise," Olivia said. "Our part-timers are way down from other municipalities."
Currently, part-time officers in the borough make $12 an hour for their first 200 hours worked; $12.50 for 201-500 hours; and $13 after 500 hours.
No formal action was taken on Olivia's recommendation, nor was any other discussion held on the matter.
Also on Thursday, Olivia told council he believes a generator is needed for the police station building.
"I would like to see a generator over there," Olivia said. "I think it's very important that they have one."
Likewise, no further discussion took place on that matter either.
In other business, council:
• Agreed to offer employment to Kelly Bollinger in the borough's public works department, at a starting salary of $12.68 an hour, pending he obtain a CDL license, passes a physical exam, and obtains a wastewater treatment plant license. Within nine months, his salary would rise to $18.12 an hour.
• Agreed to offer employment to Michael Kercsmar in the borough's public works department, at a starting salary of $13.31 an hour. Within nine months, his salary would rise to $19.12 an hour.
• Announced that leaf collection is done as of this week for the year. From this point forward, residents are asked to bag or can their leaves and put them out for the trash hauler.