HOLLIDAYSBURG — Hollidaysburg Mayor Joe Dodson urged Borough Council to rent two cops as quickly as attainable throughout his mayoral report at its Thursday assembly.

The borough — which is budgeted for 9 officers — shall be down to 6 with the retirement of one of many officers, Dodson stated.

“They do a heck of a job. They’re sworn to guard us so we have to get them assist as quickly as we will,” Dodson stated.

The Borough Council has additionally been seeking to rent a chief of police since August 2021.

After Councilman Jeffrey Ketner requested for an replace on the chief’s place to be placed on the agenda for subsequent month, Councilman Brady Leahy requested if the subject of the cops could possibly be mentioned that night time.

Nonetheless, because it was not on the agenda, Council President Joe Pompa stated it must wait, to which Leahy argued that the Civil Service Fee would then have to attend till subsequent month for approval to rent.

“Even when you get the listing after which they determine after which they’ve bought to undergo the background checks and all that, you’re most likely three weeks. One other week is just not going to matter,” Pompa stated in regards to the hiring course of.

Borough solicitor Nathan Karns stated that if an inventory of candidates was acquired from the Civil Service board, a particular assembly could possibly be known as for the candidates to be authorized.

Talking from the viewers, Civil Service Fee Secretary Ann Andrews defended the board, saying it was not dragging its toes.

“We had been shifting alongside, however we had been informed that the council was going to rent a chief of police and that particular person could also be desirous to take part or at the least sit in after we do the candidates for interviews,” Andrews stated. “Nonetheless, since that’s not occurred but, the Civil Service Fee will meet on Monday to do the interviews.”

Andrews additionally knowledgeable the council that the candidate pool was “very low” and that of the ten functions acquired, two withdrew and two didn’t present up for the bodily agility and written examination.

“All we had for the bodily agility and written examination had been 4 candidates,” Andrews stated.

Following the assembly, Pompa stated that the council had acquired about 12 to 14 resumes for the chief of police place however thought they wanted to promote once more.

“The job market is horrible proper now,” Pompa stated. “We wish to be sure that we get the suitable particular person.”

He stated he does suppose that the borough is near discovering somebody to fill the place although.

In different issues, Borough Supervisor James Gehret knowledgeable the council that he and Leahy had met to debate some points with the sidewalk grant utility.

Throughout final month’s assembly, the council authorized the allocation of $50,000 towards a grant that will reimburse borough residents the price of having their sidewalks repaired.

One of many points with the grant utility to be distributed to residents was whether or not the council needed there to be a cap on the amount of cash a venture could possibly be, Gehret stated, with one other being how you can deal with a scenario the place a number of residents wish to go right into a sidewalk venture collectively to decrease prices.

“I don’t have an issue with one thing like that the place they get a great quote however I believe we have to watch issuing a test again to 1 neighbor assuming that neighbor goes to disburse the funds out to the opposite folks,” Gehret stated.

He additionally requested that one of many council members be authorized to log out on the initiatives with him.

“I’ve no clue what it will price to do a sidewalk, the fabric that’s used,” Gehret stated. “I believe we’ve got someone right here that will have that talent set that would evaluate this and will say ‘yeah a 200 foot sidewalk doesn’t price $12,000 to do by one particular person.’”

The council authorized Leahyto log out on the sidewalk initiatives with Gehret and that no cap be positioned on these initiatives.

With that determined, the functions will start to be distributed, Gehret stated.

Nonetheless, Hollidaysburg resident and Ms. Wheelchair PA Ambassador Laurah Zeek is nervous that except the sidewalk restore is made necessary, not sufficient sections shall be fastened.

As somebody who makes use of a wheelchair, Zeek has stated it’s nearly not possible for her to make use of the borough’s sidewalks. She has addressed the council a number of instances beforehand on the difficulty. Throughout Thursday’s assembly, she tearfully knowledgeable the council that in being pressured to go onto the street to get round Hollidaysburg, she and her nephew have nearly been struck by automobiles on a number of events.

“Voluntarily, they’re not going to do it except they’re in someone’s footwear like me,” Zeek stated about borough residents making use of for the grant. “I believe except they make it necessary and go round to locations that want it essentially the most, that’s the one approach they’re going to get quite a lot of the borough to get it carried out.”

Mirror Employees Author Rachel Foor is at 814-946-7458.

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