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Slatington Council considers hiring a new borough manager

Published November 12. 2013 05:00PM

Slatington may soon get a new borough manager, according to council members at Monday's borough council meeting.

After an executive session that lasted until 9:45 p.m., the council reconvened and stated it had discussed legal, real estate, Slatington Borough Authority agreement, and personnel matters during the session.

When they brought up the topic of possibly hiring a new borough manager, President Daniel Stevens, who said he may be interested in the position, immediately dismissed himself from the meeting room before further discussion ensued.

"We ought to seriously consider putting (money for a borough manager) in the budget," said Councilman David Schnaars. "There's so much stuff dropping through the cracks right now."

"It will take a load off council people," agreed Vice President Bryon Reed.

Slatington has been without a borough manager since its last one, Steve Salvesen, stepped down in September of 2010. In the two-and-a-half years before Salvesen leaving, the borough had lost two previous managers, including firing one in May of 2009.

At the very beginning of the evening, three of the more than one dozen visitors present spoke, including resident Carol Gildner, who had a detailed list of questions involving borough grants.

Under Public Safety, Councilman Jon Rinker said that Fire Chief Keith Weaver had managed to obtain a 60,000KW generator for free from army surplus.

It could save the borough a projected $18,000 to $20,000 over the cost of a new one; however, it would need to be checked by Defrain Electric to make certain it would suffice, he said.

If not, it should still be kept in case of emergency, Rinker said. The council voted unanimously to accept the new generator.

Afterward, Rinker and Police Chief David Rachman again addressed the issue of the police department needing new guns, including both handguns and patrol rifles.

The council also approved a motion to approve and proclaim Fair Haven, Vermont, as the borough's sister city for 2014.

Immediately after announcing the council would convene for an executive session, former Councilwoman Kris Burek yelled from the back of the audience "Executive session objection!"

Burek cited the Sunshine Act and said that council needed to identify for the public beforehand the reason, or reasons, it was calling an executive session. She said council had not done so.

Both Stevens and Borough Solicitor Ed Healy noted that the council is allowed to make that announcement either before or after the executive session.

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