Elizabeth council accepts loan to purchase another new police car
Elizabeth needs a new police car — again.
The car that graces the parking spot outside the borough office along Third Street is the only car in service, borough officials said, because problems sidelined two backup vehicles.
On Tuesday council accepted PNC Bank's offer of a five-year loan for the purchase of a Ford Interceptor at a price not to exceed $39,500.
First Commonwealth Bank bid for the loan as well.
Councilman and fire Chief Chad Rager said he could ask Tri-Star Ford about a deal, given his department's purchase of two vehicles there.
He suggested the borough purchase a four-wheel-drive vehicle.
Council president Monica Glowinski said Building Inspection Underwriters is increasing its fees for commercial inspections from $75 to $100 and for residential inspections from $50 to $75.
She said council will have to decide whether to pass that increase along.
Two buildings along Tanner Avenue in Elizabeth are supposed to be boarded up. Resident Don Hill said there have been squatters in at least one of them. One once housed a gun shop, the other a community center.
Mayor V. Ann Malady thanked Hill for his contributions to the borough, particularly his volunteering to pick up trash along its streets.
At Malady's suggestion council passed a proclamation honoring West Elizabeth council president Louise Biddle, who turns 90 on April 11. Malady said Biddle, a retired teacher, still tutors.
Malady said borough police made one arrest last month and responded to 114 calls, including eight crashes, one residential and four business alarms and nine EMS calls.
Council approved a uniform allowance for police officers. Solicitor Pat McGrail said that would include Officer Robert Buchina, who is retiring.
Council approved Buchina's retirement and a settlement by which he will resign effective Wednesday, when he was supposed to have a workers compensation hearing.
In other business, council hired John Williams as custodian at $166.67 a week and named Winona Dobrich as a part-time parking enforcement officer.
Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or firstname.lastname@example.org.