HOMER CITY: Council votes to hire two part-time police officers
HOMER CITY — Homer City Borough on Tuesday hired two part-time police officers.
The new hires are David Clawson II, who is also a part-time officer in Clymer Borough, and Charles Waller, who just graduated from the police academy.
Clawson has started his training period with the borough. Waller will begin training in the near future.
The police officers were hired following the resignation of three part-time officers in August.
Mayor Ken Cecconi clarified at the meeting that the officers were not hired solely because of the force’s contract with Homer-Center High School to do contracted security, as reported in August.
Police Chief Louis Sacco had previously reported that the force had plans to work with the school to do security for events on school property, in addition to the security the force already provides at the school’s football games.
Borough manager Rob Nymick told council that the tentative proposed budget for the borough for 2014 is $510,155. The budget is not yet up for public review.
Also, Homer City resident Carol Kercel, who attended last month’s meeting, followed up with the council Tuesday. In September, Kercel attended the council meeting to express her concerns regarding properties on South Main Street and Kunkle Avenue. Council had informed her that they would look at ordinances and determine the violations.
Borough solicitor Michael Supinka looked into the matter through the course of the month, and at this time there is nothing the borough council can do regarding the properties.
“The borough really has no authority or ability to do anything in that regard without a specific ordinance regarding dilapidated houses,” Supinka told Kercel. “They can’t do anything about that house.”
Kercel now suggests starting to craft the ordinances necessary to take care of the issue.
“We’re taking steps to some sort of a final solution,” said council President Richard Morris. “It’s not going to be quick … it has to be correct in its attempt.”
A Halloween parade will be held downtown at 5:45 p.m. on Oct. 31, with trick-or-treating to follow from 6 to 8 p.m. With a donation of $100 from the Homer-Center Kiwanis, the police department will purchase glow stick necklaces as a safety precaution for children trick-or-treating Halloween night.
In other news:
• Steve Smeltzer, representing the Homer City Fire Department, reported that Station 180 has received certification through the Department of Health as a Quick Response Service.
• Smeltzer also reported that the station will host bingo on Sunday with doors opening at noon and beginning at 1 p.m. to raise money for Homer City Borough to purchase police radios.
• The second annual Breast Cancer Bingo, with funds benefiting the women’s imaging center at Indiana Regional Medical Center, will be held Oct. 27 at the fire hall.
• Cecconi reported that two police cruisers are down, and that the borough will consider selling them in order to buy one new car.