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Palmerton's new cruiser gets first nick

Published April 26. 2013 05:04PM

Palmerton's new police cruiser has been nicked up.

Borough Mayor Chris Olivia informed Borough Council on Thursday that the police department's 2013 Ford Taurus cruiser "got a little bump in it."

"It's at the shop," Olivia said. "It should be back any day now."

It was stated that the incident occurred while a police officer was driving down the street when an individual opened their car door into the driving area of the cruiser.

The borough took ownership of the cruiser this past February.

Also on Thursday, Olivia asked council to consider adding parking spaces for visitors who utilize the borough police station/District Magistrate/Carbon County Office on Aging building at Fourth Street and Delaware Avenue.

"There's a lot of state police, attorneys, parking in the [Parkside Education Center] school parking lot," Olivia said. "I just don't think it's right."

Olivia then suggested to cut a small section of grass out that currently faces the building, get some crushed stone in, and put a little blacktop down.

"If we could get five, six, seven, eight spots," he said. "I think that would take care of the problem."

In an unrelated matter, Olivia said he's received calls from walkers in the morning who say there's a lot of dog waste on the sidewalks.

"That's a ticketed offense," he said. "People are supposed to pick up their dog doo-doo."

Finally, Councilman Kris Hoffner stated that the police department is continuing to monitor speeding on Franklin Avenue, specifically between First and Third streets.

Olivia noted "you'll see speeding tickets in the police log for the 100 and 200 blocks of Franklin Avenue."

Hoffner's report comes one month after several residents who live in the 100 block of Franklin brought the matter to council's attention.

In other business, council, on a 6-0 vote, with Councilman Jason Behler absent:

- Approved retired water operations director William Meric's pension payment, which calls for him to receive a $639 monthly benefit; though his first payment will be $1,119 for money he was owed.

- Approved the authorization for sale of the borough's 1990 Chevrolet dump truck.

- Approved the Behler Estate agreement.

- Approved a request by Family Promise to hold a car cruise on Saturday, June 1. As part of their request, they asked that Fourth Street be closed from noon to 7 p.m.

Also, council, on a 5-0 vote, with an abstention from Councilman Jeremy Barbosa:

- Agreed to hire Jourdan Reinhart, Thatcher George, Tyler Svetik, and John Snyder for summer employment at the rate of $7.25 an hour.

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