MARS — A number of administrative items were discussed at the borough council meeting Feb. 3.
Mayor Gregg Hartung brought council’s attention to an item in the police department’s budget. About $2,000 is slated for ammunition. Hartung said the department needs to replenish its ammunition due to range testing.
The department will research costs online. In past years, the department has needed to purchase ammunition quickly. This has to do with pricing.
“Because it fluctuates so much, you got to move on (it) quick to get it,” Hartung said.
“The last time that we bought (ammunition), they saved us substantial money,” said Michael Fleming, council president. “Probably saved us between $500 to $700.”
The department also received council approval to purchase a portable radio. The cost of the radio wasn’t immediately available, but Hartung said it’s around $1,000. An invoice will be made available to council.
Borough police participated in Taser training Jan. 25.
“Everybody passed,” Hartung said.
Officers are completing the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission state training online.
Hartung told council he was part of the police department’s interview of Michael Greenlee for a part-time officer position. Greenlee is a former chief of police and borough manager for Ford City.
“We spent an hour with him,” Hartung said. “We’re recommending that you hire him as a part-time officer. He had some really good qualifications.”
Fleming asked what shift Greenlee would be able to take. Hartung said he’d be available to work mostly during the day.
“OK, he’s hired,” Fleming said. “You got a couple open shifts sitting right now.”
Greenlee would be able to start work this month, according to Hartung.
Council passed a motion on the initial hire of Greenlee. His employment will be formalized in a resolution at the next February meeting.
Vice President Robert Bost proposed council formally revise the borough’s personnel manual. The manual used now was introduced in 2012. Revisions had been discussed last year, but no action was taken.
Council has developed many additions and amendments to the manual over the years.
“Which we just stuck inside the binder,” Bost said. “I think we need to formally do a read-through.”
Council discussed forming an ad hoc committee for this purpose. Council members Christine Clutter, Brad Price and Bost volunteered to be part of one.
Hartung said the police department also is reviewing its manual. He expects updates to be made.