Hawley Borough Police Department will be adding one or two additional officers to help with coverage. Council Vice-President Mary Sanders also reported at the October 9th Council meeting, that an upgrade of police salaries needs to be considered.
She said that a comparison of police salaries in other departments in the area showed that the Hawley Police were underpaid by 20 to 30 percent. She asked that the matter be discussed at the Borough budget workshop, planned for October 21st.
No budget decisions are made at the workshop; a proposed budget for 2014 will be drafted, advertised and come to a vote prior to the end of the current year.
Interviews are being conducted for the new officer positions. She said that they have had good candidates.
Council approved purchase of two additional vests and Tasers with holders for the police. The costs are partly funded through a grant. The cost to the Borough is approximately $1,100 for the Tasers and $1,000 for the vests.
••• Railroad crossings
• Due to the current suspension of train traffic, Hawley Borough is considering posting of signs to relieve motorists of needing to stop at railroad crossings in town.
Council President Donald Kyzer stated that Honesdale adopted a similar policy. If train traffic resumes, the signs will be removed. The last time a train entered Hawley was in December 2011. The owner of the Stourbridge Railroad has put the rail line up for sale.
• Lee Benjamin and William Delling were appointed to fill vacancies on the Zoning Hearing Board. Scott Schurmann has been recommended as an alternate. Benjamin has previously served on Council.
• The Hawley 911 Memorial Committee is seeking donations to erect a flagpole at the 9/11 Memorial in Bingham Park. Checks may be made out to Hawley Borough with "flagpole" designated in the memo line. The donations may be mailed to Hawley Borough, 94 Main Ave., Hawley, PA 18428 or dropped off at the Borough Office, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 1 p.m.
• John Reid and William Gilman were appointed to fill vacancies on the Borough Planning Commission.
• Leaf burning in the Borough was approved for the period of October 13- 31. Councilman Joseph Fauble voted against the measure. Residents are asked not to rake leaves into ditches or on top or around storm drains.
• There were an estimated 30 to 40 children attending the Hawley Fire Department "Show and Tell" at Bingham Park, Oct. 9, Fire Chief Scott Mead reported. He said the Fire Prevention event was "pretty successful." Hawley Ambulance, Tafton Dive Team and Forest Volunteer Fire Department were also there.
• Leftover sidewalk project grant money is expected to be used for benches, trash cans, dog waste receptacles and bicycle racks. Merchants will first be canvassed to see how many will allow a bench or a bike rack to be set up near their business.
Page 2 of 2 - • Federal grant money will be sought to purchase a diesel dump truck. There was considerable talk about whether to buy a gas-powered truck or a diesel. The consensus was that while a diesel may cost more, the truck will hold up better.
• A request will be made to see if a state grant program used to upgrade store facades may apply to cover painting the rest of a business property not provided by the Benjamin Moore paint contest offer. The painting project, working with willing commercial property owners and utilizing local paint contractors, is expected to start in the Spring.
• The Halloween Parade is set for Thursday, October 31 at 5 p.m., with lineup at 4:30 p.m. on Church Street near the Falls Port. The parade heads up Main Avenue to Bingham Park for a party hosted by the Borough, and costume judging.
• Hearing dates are yet to be scheduled concerning three suits filed against Hawley Borough. The suits concern the sidewalk upgrade project.
• An on-site meeting was held Oct. 2 on River Street to discuss the final restoration for the Aqua PA water main replacement project. A re-paving proposal from Wangum to Main was made due to the existing poor condition of the road and the Borough was asked for a letter of acceptance. Leeward Construction will perform the re-paving the end of October or early November, Councilman John Robertson reported.
• Only one bid for snow removal was received, and was accepted. The bid was from Linde Enterprises, at rates of $75 an hour for each of two trucks and $90 an hour for a front end loader.
• Dave Lange, a resident of Penn Avenue, asked Council if the ordinance concerning keeping the grass moved applies to a property owned by a bank. He was told it does, and a notice of violation will be issued for the overgrown yard at 212 Penn Avenue.
• Simon Knox, Downtown Hawley Partnership, asked to have one lane of Hudson Street closed on Saturday, December 7 for the Winterfest House Tour to be conducted there. The shuttle bus will need to stop there, where there are inadequate places to pull over. He was advised to make an application to PennDOT since Hudson is a state road.
• Three stop signs were replaced at Highland & Ridge; Prospect & Ridge and Prospect & Route 6. John Bonham Road Equipment & Supplies did the work at a price of $159.40.
• Street painting of crosswalks and stop bars was performed Sept. 11 and Sept. 18 by M. Mayo Striping at a cost of $2,295.
Hawley Council meets on the second Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Borough Hall, opposite Bingham Park. The office may be reached at 570-226-9545.