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Coaldale looks for part-time officers

Published January 16. 2016 09:00AM

Coaldale Borough Council agreed this week to look for part-time police officers to help the department enforce the borough's quality of life ordinance.

Remington said that borough's police officers should be citing residents for violating the law.

It is aimed at properties that create issues that affect the health, safety and welfare of the borough's other residents.

"Let's cite them. The police can do it," Remington said.

But others raised concerns that the police have enough on their plate.

Todd Weiss, the department's investigator, who was in attendance at the meeting, acknowledged that the officers have very little time as is.

"I don't think it's fair, with where we are with the drug issues, to put that on the police as well," council member Angela Krapf said.

The board agreed that they can afford to add additional officers to enforce the ordinance. However they have had trouble attracting part-timers recently, officials said.

Secretary Melissa Malatak said the borough received only one response to its last ad looking for part-timers. They agreed it was not the pay that is the problem.

The borough pays $18 per hour, which councilman Harry Hontz said is more than virtually every other department in the area.

Mayor Joel Johnson suggested that they note that fact in the ad.

Remington said if the borough does hire the part-timers, council should assist the department's other officers with enforcing drug laws.

"Let's do something about it. Let's make a game plan."

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