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Everson council mulls hiring full-time officer

| Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 9:10 p.m.

After accepting the resignation of part-time police officer Christopher Tretter, Everson Council discussed the possibly of hiring a full-time officer in the future in lieu of the several part-time officers that they presently have on their payroll.

“He was a good officer and that is our problem,” council president Mike Banaszak said. “He is good, but you can't blame him for taking a full-time position that is offered him.”

Council discussed the pros and the cons of hiring a full-time officer, while all agreed that it is an issue that is to be further addressed.

“Our mayor has tried and the mayor before her has tried, but it's not working,” Banaszak said of the roster of only part-time officers. “We aren't prepared to get into the specifics at this time, but we should start to look into this seriously.”

Banaszak added the borough is in better financial shape than it was years ago when the hiring of a full-time officer was addressed.

“We are in better financial shape, and we could do this without a tax increase,” Banaszak said.

In public comment, Everson resident Ann Szczygiel spoke of her displeasure that Evans Street extension remains a one-way street.

“It's wide enough and it's supposed to be a two-way street,” Szczygiel said. “It's a safety problem.”

Council members told Szczygiel the street had been discussed in the past and they stand by their decision to keep it one way.

“We made our decision last year, and we are tired of hearing about this already,” Councilman Eric Christner said.

“We are not going to spend the borough's money to appease one or two people,” Banaszak added.

Councilman George Sherbondy said the Everson parks basketball courts are in need of resurfacing and was told to look into the cost.

Banaszak also reported there has not yet been a final decision made by the U.S. Postal service as to exactly how the residents of the borough will be receiving their mail in the future.

“They are making progress,” Banaszak said. “Their original deadline was to be June 1, but I don't think that they are going to make that.”

Banaszak informed council he was approached about an artist who is interested in painting a mural on the side of the borough building.

“It will be something pertaining to the history of the borough,” Banaszak said of the mural. “I really don't have any details, I don't even know her name yet, but I was told that it would not be of any cost to the borough other than the paint.”

Council agreed to invite the artist to the next meeting to discuss the project.

There will be a flag-burning ceremony that will take place at the Everson V.F.W. Post 595 starting at 6 p.m. June 14.

Council passed a motion to allow the burning.

“The only proper way to dispose of a flag is to burn it,” Banaszak said. “This will be an ideal opportunity for our residents to bring their old flags to the V.F.W. for proper disposal.”

The Memorial Day services in the borough will start at 9 a.m. at the memorial site.

Motions passed included borough council to pay one half of the bill for the new lighting for the memorial site.

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.