Avoca council rehires 28 part-time officers

By Jimmy Fisher - jfisher@timesleader.com | September 11th, 2015 10:03 am

AVOCA — Council members approved a motion to rehire 28 part-time police officers at their monthly meeting on Sept. 10.

Officers rehired are Mario Scotti, Johnathan Alaimo, Louis Taroli, Sheri Salvo, William Dubiak, Darrin Bidwell, Nick Lohman, Vince Zerblas, Mike Rosemelia, Robert Marmo, James Halford, Ken Salvo, Ryan Kachinsky, Matt Fredmonski, George Brazdzinis, James Graham, Mark Stillwagon, Robert Callahan, John Baiera, Stefanie Aversa, Ed Weidow, Ruddy Navarro, Patrick Zippiltelli, Joel Tiru, Jeremy Jones, Randy Shclatter, Carmen Wega and Tabitha Bronsburg.

All 28 officers have worked previously for the Avoca Borough Police Department and will be hired at a rate of $11.50 per hour for the months of September, October and November.

Mayor Robert Mullen pointed out that the officers still have jobs elsewhere, and that this was a way to ensure that the police schedule always had someone on duty.

“With their jobs and all, it’s hard to cover shifts,” said Mullen. “Some officers can only work one day a month and some can only work two days a week. Some guys might only get two or three shifts a month.”

In other business, borough council members approved:

• The replacement of the damaged traffic signal on the intersection of Main and Hawthorne streets by Kuharchik Construction for $9,460.

• Pay PennEastern Engineers $102,122.50 in regards to engineering and architect services for the new borough building.

• Appoint council president John Boone as a representative for Avoca Borough on the Northeast Land Bank Authority.

The next Avoca Borough council meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct.13 at the municipal building, 752 Main St.

By Jimmy Fisher


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