AVOCA — The borough council approved Jim Emlaw as a new member at its monthly meeting on Aug. 6.
The appointment of Emlaw to council comes after a seat became vacant due to the passing of president Joseph Satkowski Sr. on June 13, prompting council to elect then-vice president John Boone to president and council member Frank Mariggi to vice president.
Boone said he was given a good recommendation about Emlaw from fellow council member Mary Ann Tigue, and knew he’d be the right man for the job.
“He’s a well-known guy in town,” Boone said of Emlaw. “Mary Ann talked to him and he had an ambition to join us and he expressed interest. He’s a good guy; he has a tax business here in town, so he’s a business man here in town and he’s lived here his whole life, if not most of it.”
Emlaw was sworn in at the start of the meeting and said he can’t wait to start contributing to Avoca.
“I’m excited to be on the council and I’m looking forward to taking part in my community,” he said.
In other business, council members:
• Approved a payment of $2,117.16 to Kuharchik Construction Inc. to fix the traffic light at the intersection of Main and Hawthrone streets damaged due to a tractor trailer accident.
• Approved a pickup of large furniture items, such as couches and chairs, for Waste Managment to take place on Friday, Sept. 18.
• Hired new part-time police officers Jeremy Jones, Randy Schlatter, Patrick Zippiletti, Joe Tiru, Tabitha Bronsburg and Carmen Wega at a payment of $10.50 per hour, followed by a payment of $11.75 per hour after a three-month probation period.
• Re-hired part-time police officer Ed Weidow at $11.75 per hour.
• Hired Mark Clifford as a a temporary part-time street department worker at $8 per hour.
• Approved a payment of $10,497.50 to Site Services Group to replace 35 feet of the sanitary sewer line.
• Hired Robert Dommermuth to clean debris from Mill Creek.
• Approved a motion to hire a locksmith to re-key the community center by changing the locks for safety purposes. The council reported water bills for the property were higher than normal, suspecting that people were entering the center only to use the restrooms. Borough secretary Kelly O’Brien said this will give council a better understanding of who has access to the center.
The next borough council meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10 at the borough building, 752 Main St.