FORTY FORT —On Monday, borough council hired Daniel Hunsinger as a part-time administrative police chief with an annual salary of $25,000.
Council also voted to table a decision to hire Raul Ortiz as a part-time officer after a discussion as to whether the hiring was necessary, even though it was on the meeting’s agenda. Councilman Frank Michaels suggested that Hunsinger should evaluate the personnel needs of the department to determine whether an additional officer is needed.
Andy Tuzinski, the borough’s Emergency Management Agency director, commended council for holding off on the part-time, eight-hour per week position.
“I agree with Frank,” said Tuzinski. “Bring in Dan Hunsinger and give him the opportunity to develop his own police department.
“I have nothing against Ortiz,” said Tuzinski. “Everything I’ve heard about him is first rate.”
Tuzinski presented council with a proposed borough evacuation plan in the event of an emergency, and gave the events surrounding the September 2011 flooding as an example.
The plan calls for traffic to be diverted from areas nearest the river to discourage gawkers.
“River Street pretty much turned into a parking lot,” he said.
Council authorized Borough Manager Barbara Fairchild and Code Enforcement Officer Steve Nowroski to renegotiate the terms of an agreement with Kingston for code enforcement and building inspection services.
Forty Fort currently provides these services to Kingston on a per inspection basis; however, Kingston has recently proposed paying Forty Fort an annual flat fee of $50,000.
“I personally think Forty Fort is getting screwed if we sign this recommendation,” said Councilman Robert Craig.
Council announced that sewer bills for the third and fourth quarter of 2012, as well as the first quarter of 2013 will be issued in the next few weeks. Residents can make payment arrangements with Berkheimer Associates.