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Forty Fort swears in new administrative police chief

April 01. 2013 11:33PM
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FORTY FORT — Daniel Hunsinger was sworn in Monday as the borough’s new part-time administrative police chief.

“I’m jumping in feet first,” Hunsinger said after a ceremony performed by Mayor Boyd Hoats.

“There’s a lot to do right now, but I’m very flexible to work when I’m needed the most.”

Hunsinger’s annual salary is $25,000.

In other business, council voted to approve the swimming-pool fees for the 2013 season as recommended by the recreation chairperson. Councilman Frank Michaels said Swoyersville and Luzerne residents shouldn’t pay the same fee as Forty Fort residents, which is $100 for a family membership and $70 for individuals.

Council persons Dorothy Craig and Joe Chacke said as long as they had been on council, the discounted rates have been extended to residents of Swoyersville and Luzerne.

“It’s considered a multi-municipal pool, even though we haven’t received any multi-municipal pool grants,” Chacke said. Craig said the pool would be eligible for multi-municipal grants as long as other municipalities use it.

“Our pool needs a lot of repairs,” she said. “When multiple municipalities are using it, we’re more likely to get grants.”

Michaels then agreed with Craig and Chacke.

“If we get the grants then I can see where it would be worthwhile,” Michaels said.

Borough Manager Barbara Fairchild showed council photos of the damaged areas of the pool. Fairchild said the repair cost would run $4,300 to $4,800, according to an estimate from Dadurka Concrete and Masonry of Forty Fort.

Council authorized Fairchild to give the go-ahead to Dadurka to make the repairs.

In another matter, Joe Donowski asked council why it took two months to report a sexual assault that occurred on Pettebone Street in January.

“What took the mayor and the police department so long to bring this out?” he asked.

After the meeting, Hoats said a composite sketch was released last week of the suspect because all other leads had been exhausted at that point.

“We are working with the Luzerne County detectives and hit a roadblock,” he said.

“We’re looking for the public to help.”

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