Jay Miller fills vacated seat on the Jim Thorpe council
Heather Bacsick/special to the times news Jim Thorpe Borough Council President Betsy Ahner with new council member, Jay Miller.
Jay Miller was appointed to Jim Thorpe Borough Council during the June borough council meeting.
Miller was sworn in at the meeting by Mayor Michael Sofranko.
He was voted in to fill a vacancy after former councilman Justin Yaich resigned from the board in May.
In other business, council accepted the resignation of Patrolmen Justin Sannie who will be attending the State Trooper Academy. Sofranko stated that Sannie has done a great job and he is always eager to learn.
He also wished to thank Sannie for his hard work and to congratulate him on the outstanding achievement of being accepted to the State Troopers.
In other police department news, Matthew Schwarz was appointed as a full-time police officer.
Also, the police department received $2,500 from Wal-mart for equipment. Mayor Sofranko said that State Rep. Doyle Heffley suggested asking Wal-Mart if they had grant funds available.
Sofranko thanked Wal-mart and Rep. Heffley for their assistance.
In other action, council:
• Accepted the motion to increase part-time wages for police officers from $13.50 to $15.
• Appointed Nancy Porambo, Louis Hall, and council member Joanne Klitsch to the Planning Commission.
During public comment some residents asked if there have been any new developments with the sewer rates. Concerns have been voiced over the recent ordinance change detailing how residents are billed for sewage.
Council president Betsy Ahner stated that she is studying the issue.