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Bolivar mayor will not resign

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By Jewels Phraner
Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, 9:58 a.m.
 

Bolivar Mayor Everett Saxton will not resign, he said at a special meeting last week.

In the wake of Bolivar Borough council members asking him to step down from his post, Saxton said he plans to finish his term, which ends next year, and possibly seek re-election.

Officials approved the $58,600 budget, which calls for no tax increase.

Officials voted to dissolve the force, at a savings of $21,750, and pass on a $1,350 cost for fire hydrants to residents.

Residents will pay between $1.25 and $1.50 bimonthly to Highridge Water Authority for the hydrants.

Council voted earlier this month to ask for Saxton's resignation because he wasn't properly monitoring police officers.

Councilwoman Sue Bartow told him again last week that officers were often times working whenever they felt like it.

Months ago, council members asked Saxton to limit police work to 16 hours a week but Bartow said she saw time cards turned in for nearly 25 hours.

“They're too free to come and go as they (darn) well please,” she said. “They're taking advantage of us. They're walking all over you.”

Bartow complained about officers assisting other municipalities while being paid by the borough.

Officers do not “need to be in Seward or New Florence or West Bolivar for three, four hours at a time,” Bartow said.

“We have to come up with a better policy, if we ever do this again,” said Councilman Tom Pickup.

The borough cut funding for the police force for 2013.

After the meeting, Saxton said he felt that the officers always did a good job.

Council will next meet at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 7.

Jewels Phraner is a reporter for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-1218 or jphraner@tribweb.com.

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