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Slatington council moves ahead with plans to advertise for borough manager

Published January 14. 2014 05:00PM

Slatington Borough Council is taking steps to hire a borough manager.

After an executive session during Monday's meeting, that lasted almost two hours, council reconvened, noting it had discussed matters of real estate, personnel and legal issues.

Councilman David Schnaars informed members he wished to discuss the position. Council President Daniel Stevens, who has expressed an interest in the position, dismissed himself from the chambers.

"We've got it in the budget this year for a borough manager," Schnaars said, "and I personally feel it's time for us to pull out the job description, review it, make sure it's what we want then advertise for (it)."

Schnaars made a motion that passed 5 to 1, with Freed opposing and Stevens abstaining.

Over a dozen visitors attended Monday's meeting, and council covered a variety of topics.

During public comment, former councilwoman Kris Burek introduced Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller who noted that he was making his rounds to visit local municipalities.

Next, borough resident Mel Gildner cited what he said was a Pennsylvania borough code relating to equitable fees for all sanitary sewer system customers.

"What's happening here is not equitable," he said then asked, "Do you feel that the water and sewer rates are equitably distributed to everyone?"

Councilman Bob Steets said they were as far as he knew.

Afterward, Councilman Galen Freed noted that a four-foot underground metal pipe had rotted and collapsed within the last few days along South Walnut Street. This had led to flooding, and subsequent gravel debris, in the Orkin Steel property parking lot and along Cherry, Lehigh and Railroad streets, he said.

Freed said the storm sewer pipe needs to be repaired, but also needs prior approval since it is located on private property.

Police Chief David Rachman discussed details about the purchase of a new police SUV, after which council approved a motion to move forward with the purchase.

He also said a prescription drug disposal box at the police station, one of only 10 in the county, is being used heavily.

Rachman also read a letter from retiring Police Sgt. George Burke, after which council publicly thanked Burke in absentia for his 25 years of service.

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