With plans in the near future of changing residency from North East Borough to the Township, Borough Council President Jody Timer resigned from her position at Monday’s meeting.
After announcing her resignation, Timer said although the move isn’t in the immediate future she feels the beginning of a new year is the best time to have someone else take over the position.
Jay McConaghey was unanimously voted to serve as the new president. Ray Schaff was selected as Vice President and Heather Barnett was voted Pro Tiem.
Additional appointments approved included: Joseph Doyle to the Sewer Authority, Richard Davis and David Thornton to the Zoning Hearing Board and Councilman Gerald Hordych as representative to the Erie County Planning Commission.
In other matters before council, Borough Manager Bob Brayman updated the board on purchasing electricity. The Borough is not required to request bids for professional services but bids are required for electric service. Therefore, Brayman said, the Manufacturers Association of Northwest PA can still make the arrangements as planned.
North East Police Chief Chris Thompson addressed council regarding gaining accreditation for the police department. He explained the process involves creating a uniform practice for everything from handling evidence to booking prisoners and vehicle maintenance. The department must update some of its practices anyway, Thompson said, to remain in compliance and accreditation would give uniformity to the department.
Cost is $250 to apply and $100 for the manual and the process takes 18 to 24 months. Officer Sliker will assist Chief Thompson while Rose Cook handles administration transition and updates.
Thompson said the police department in the City of Warren, PA is the only department in northwest PA with accreditation.
“It’s a big deal,” said Thompson. He also said liability overall and insurance would decrease with accreditation.
Council unanimously approved Thompson’s request to begin the accreditation process.
Council also agreed to participate in the COG for cable franchise fee negotiations, approved advertising for quotes to replace old Borough Hall windows and advertising for quote for demolition of former borough hall on E. Main St.