Palmerton seeking part-time officers
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Borough Councilman Jason Behler presents a Certificate of Recognition the borough received from the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs to council President Terry Costenbader. The certificate was in honor of the borough's upcoming Centennial Celebration.
Palmerton is in search of additional part-time officers to round out its police department.
The matter came to light after Borough Council unanimously agreed on Thursday to remove officer David Gentile from its substitute police officers list.
Borough Manager Rodger Danielson informed council that the borough has advertised for part-time officers.
Contacted this morning, borough Police Chief Randy Smith confirmed that the department has a need for part-timers, as it currently has just three.
Also on Thursday, Councilman Jeremy Barbosa reopened discussion about the crosswalk at Seventh Street near the ball field.
Barbosa, who initially brought the topic up for discussion last August, referred to the crosswalk as a "nightmare."
"I thought people were going to get hit," Barbosa said based on his observation during a recent travel by the intersection. "It's just a nightmare waiting to happen."
Danielson noted that it "takes something from the people from the [Palmerton] Booster Club."
Barbosa previously said the intersection by the ball field gets congested on Sundays when the Booster Club holds football practices.
Mayor Brad Doll added "people can't just cross outside of the crosswalk."
Barbosa said "we need to do something before people get hurt."
"We need to educate them, before little kids get hurt," he said. "Maybe we could get a crossing guard."
That prompted council President Terry Costenbader to mention the number of individuals who either walk or jog on the side streets.
Doll agreed, and added "too many people think they are the only people in the world."
Costenbader said the issue is "becoming a problem."
"We spent a lot of money in this community to build sidewalks," he said. "Now, everybody's coming into the streets."
In other business, council:
- At the request of Councilman Chris Olivia, observed a moment of silence for the people of Colorado who were killed and wounded in the movie theater shooting.
- Announced that the borough has received a Certificate of Recognition from the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs in honor of the borough's upcoming Centennial Celebration.
- Granted a handicapped parking request to Earl Santee Jr., of 820 Mauch Chunk Road.