Tamaqua hires two new full-time police officers
Tamaqua Mayor Nathan Gerace swears Officer Corey Herring in as the newest member of the Tamaqua Police Department. LIZ PINKEY/TIMES NEWS
Officer Michael Weaver is sworn in as a member of the Tamaqua Police Department by Mayor Nathan Gerace.
Tamaqua Borough council hosted a parade of new faces at its monthly meeting on Tuesday night.
Council appointed Michael Weaver and Corey Herring as full-time police officers. These appointments came after officers Christian DeAngelo and Jeremy Sborz submitted letters of resignation from the department.
DeAngelo’s resignation is effective immediately and Sborz’s is effective Feb. 3. Sborz will remain on with the department as a part-time officer, beginning March 3.
Council also accepted the resignation of part time officer Abviud Carvajal.
In other business, borough manager Kevin Steigerwalt asked the public to report any malfunctioning light fixtures to the borough immediately, as they are trying to wrap up the streetlight replacement project. The borough, not PPL, should be contacted for any lights that are out in the future as well.
Council voted to approve a handicapped parking space application for 101 Coal St. Council also referred a request from a resident for no parking signs near his property on Mountain Avenue to the parking and traffic committee.
Council voted to make the block of Cottage Avenue from South Railroad to Memorial Avenue a one-way street, going from east to west. This move was made to help accommodate business deliveries in the area and prevent the street from being blocked for emergency vehicles.
Council also approved a $60,000 grant from the John E. Morgan Foundation for pool operating expenses.
Council will be reviewing a change to the late fees for garbage, water and sewer bills. Council members feel that the current low late fees, which are only 1 to 2 percent of the total bill, are too low. Other surrounding municipalities have either flat fees or fees that are a higher percentage of the bill.
Council held an executive session for personnel matters at the request of the police chief. When the meeting resumed, council unanimously voted to promote officers Michael Hobbs and Thomas Rodgers to the position of corporal.