Officer Dennis Walter has Parkinson’s disease, but he still gives other officers a run for their money.
McAdoo Borough (Pottsville, PA) is looking for a new police chief and some part-time police officers.
Council member Clara Preputnick asked the council to approve advertising positions for a new police chief and a couple of part-time officers.
The chief of police position opened when Russell Palmer officially resigned a few months ago. Palmer had been in a salary dispute with the borough after he injured his knee while on duty in 2005.
McAdoo failed to pay Palmer one-third of his salary while he was collecting workmen’s compensation benefits. The court ruled in Palmer’s favor and McAdoo paid almost $38,000 in back wages, including interest.
Mayor Stephan Holly has been temporarily in charge of the police department by taking care of scheduling shifts and making sure routine paper work was being filed by the on-duty officers.
In other news, the Roxy dance club at Blaine and Sheridan streets was recently shuttered by its owner. Electric was cut off in the building, according to council President Joe Madochick.
McAdoo Borough police and the council received complaints from neighbors about the Roxy, ranging from loud music to questionable activities outside the building. The council had taken steps to begin the process of closing the bar through legal avenues as a “nuisance” spot.
The council also approved buying garbage billing software for $1,300. The software will enable bills to be perforated for easy payment, much like the sewer and water bills. The new billing will begin in January.
The council approved the purchase of a new computer for the police department from Staples for $399 plus another $140 for a new monitor.
In other business, the borough council approved sending its recommendations for a roof replacement on the borough building to Alfred Benesch Engineering. Benesch engineers hired by the borough will make up a list of specifications to replace the old roof. Once specifications are completed, council will advertise for bids.
The council is working on a new budget for 2009. One meeting has been held.