BY ROBERT L. BAKER
Wyoming County Press Examiner
It’s official. Acting Tunkhannock Borough Chief of Police Roger Hardy is no longer “acting.”
Following a lengthy executive session at the end of its Oct. 3 meeting, borough council voted to change Sgt. Hardy’s status to “chief with probation” meaning there would be a probationary period after which he would be evaluated.
The vote was 5-3, with Joseph Myers, Bob Robinson and Marshall Davis voting against the move.
Following the vote, all eight council members congratulated Sgt. Hardy, and Wendy Sweppenheiser admonished him “to continue to do your very best for the borough.”
Earlier in the evening Sgt. Hardy had told the council that Jennifer Harvey and Stacy Brown had been approved as crossing guards, and that all of the borough’s police officers had participated in training about domestic violence and when such events have the potential to lead to a fatality.
Following his monthly report, he noted that a gun had been recovered recently in the Bronx, N.Y., that had been stolen from the borough in 1993. He said there was no indication it had ever been used in the commission of a crime.
Police commissioner Davis said that a meeting had taken place on Sept. 17 regarding the latest version of a 2014 police contract “which we hope to deal with later.”
A resolution was approved unanimously for MMO 3-2013 dealing with pension funds and what municipalities are responsible for.
In Mayor Norm Ball’s report on Riverside Park, it was noted that the park was winding down for the fall season and they were looking for a way to flood proof the bandstand.
Ball also noted he had been in conversation with Sam Elias about setting up an ice rink the day after Thanksgiving.
At the front end of the council meeting presentations were given by the Tunkhannock Community Ambulance Association and Triton Hose Co. regarding their activity of the past year and plans for the year ahead.
TCAA’s Mike Henn said it had been a rough year with the death of one of the company’s key men, but the experience had helped the body pull together in other ways.
He noted that sizable financial donations had been made and the addition of a jet ski was a good complement to its equipment. He also spoke to an evacuation drill at Procter & Gamble which essentially confirmed their strengths in such situations.
Triton President Chuck Sands said Triton remained solvent and a new venture in Bingo has met the approval of the community.
Sands said a matching grant from DCNR had been received to upgrade a brush truck and the fire company was going to apply for a federal grant to help underwrite additional equipment needs.
Council president Stacy Huber said he couldn’t thank the Ambulance Assn. or Triton enough for the good they do in the community, but he sincerely appreciated their presentations.
There was some discussion about the borough’s snow emergency ordinance which was approved about 18 years ago.
They hoped to get copies of the wording to council members by the next meeting and eventually advertise for a hearing any changes that might be made.