NESCOPECK – The possibility of creating a regional police force, with Nescopeck being part of a multimunicipal unit, was discussed at Monday night's council meeting.
Councilman Paul Nye, chairman of the police committee, said Salem Township Police Chief Robert Kishbaugh sent a letter proposing meetings be scheduled to address the regionalization of police units.
Nye said Ronald Smeal, who is affiliated with a state agency on crime and delinquency, has offered to provide input on regionalization. This same proposal has been extended to Shickshinny, and in his letter, Kishbaugh suggested that Conyngham Township and Nescopeck Township also be involved.
Nye proposed that "we move ahead" on this issue, and council concurred.
Nye also said his committee will interview six candidates this week to fill two vacancies in the police department. Mike Eyer, the acting officer in charge, sought to have the process accelerated, but Council President Sandy Wright told him that once a candidate is selected, that person must still be subjected to a vote of acceptance by council, which prospectively would come at the September meeting.
Nye suggested a special session. A final decision was left open, pending the interviews.
Council came under fire from borough residents Bill Waltman and Carl Hess over several properties being maintained in an unsightly manner and borough code not being enforced.
Hess asked that Second Street be designated as one-way westbound to Third Street because of what he called a speeding problem. He also said Second Street residents are flaunting sidewalk ordinances by covering the walkway with dirt, planting grass on the fill and then using the area for parking.
Hess and Waltman said people are failing to maintain their yards and, in some instances, storing junk on their property.
"Let's do something," Waltman said, contending the code enforcement officer and council aren't doing enough to protect the appearance of the borough.
Mayor Tim Kelchner promised action and Corry Ash, newly appointed code officer, said he has been issuing warnings to violators. The next step, he said, will be citations.
Ash said he has been doing drive-by inspections and is willing to respond to any complaint directed to him.
In other business, Borough Secretary Stacey Kachurka advised council it needs to adopt a flood plain ordinance by Oct. 30 to be in compliance with Federal Emergency Management Agency regulations.