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Dunbar accepts council member's resignation

| Monday, July 14, 2014, 9:15 p.m.

Dunbar Borough Council on Monday night accepted the resignation of council member Laureen Malachin, who says she no longer has the time to devote to her duties as council housing director.

In her letter of resignation, Malachin told council the borough's 19 rental units are too much for one housing director to handle.

“I already have a full-time business and job,” she said. “The other committees have two or three council members on them, but housing has only one.”

With the new and old regulations, Malachin said it has become more complex to keep up with and enforce those regulations.

“I believe that the borough should be downsizing its involvement in the apartments instead of growing the business,” she said. “There is not enough manpower to keep repairing and renewing the units. It's too difficult to keep up with safety measures and insurances to cover all the liabilities and to bring the apartments up to code.”

Borough secretary Tammy Nedrow said anyone interested in serving on council should contact the borough.

In other business:

• Council agreed to use Cintas to supply uniforms for police officers and public safety employees at a minimum cost of $35 per month.

“We've heard complaints from some of our residents that the police officers aren't looking and acting in a professional manner,” Mayor Norm Gordon said. “We're hoping that if we get the new officers it will help with the image of our police department.”

• Gordon said the police department has remote videos available for residents to borrow if they are having problems at their homes.

“The residents can make a tape of what is going on at their homes and then drop them off at the police department,” he said. “The officers can review the tapes to see if any action can be taken.”

Cindy Ekas is a contributing writer.

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