Shoemakersville Borough Council brought back a former councilman to fill a vacant council seat on Sept. 2.Warren Fleischel, who previously served on council in 1999-2000, replaces Barbara Fenstermaker, who resigned due to moving out of the borough. Fleischel will fill Fenstermaker's term which runs until November 2009.
"I want to help the community," Fleischel said, "and ensure the safety of people in the borough."
Previously, Fleischel, 46, was vice-president of the Shoemakersville Baseball Association, a member of the Lions Club and also served as chairman of the pool committee.
He left council in 2000 due to changes in his work schedule and family commitments. He currently works as a printer for Exode in Kutztown.
In other news, calling it a "quality of life issue," Mayor Richard Kepner once again asked council members to consider bringing back the police force.
Council President Clark Zimmerman said that with budget time approaching, it would be a good time to discuss whether council wants to bring the police department back.
"We would have to see if it would fit in the budget," Zimmerman said. "However, the court case (with the former police chief) could nix it."
A decision on a court case with the former Police Chief Ronald Yocum is still pending. Zimmerman said that the case deals with benefits that the former chief wants the borough to pay.
In June 2006 council disbanded the police department claiming that legal fees in the case were draining the budget.
Residents have regularly complained at meetings about an increase in crime and the need for a police department. They claim that late night disturbances and graffiti at the borough's park and traffic and noise violations are the main problems.
Kepner asked council to see if grant money is available to start up the police department.
In other news, council voted, 5-1, to pass a solid waste ordinance.
The ordinance would take affect in November when a new trash hauling and recycling contract begins. The ordinance will make recycling mandatory.
Solicitor Keith Mooney said that there is a provision for fines if the ordinance is not followed and if recyclables are mixed with other trash the hauler will not pick them up. Mooney said that council will vote on a trash hauler and recycler at next month's meeting.
Councilman Chad Zimmerman voted against the ordinance saying that it was "too vague."
In other news, council received a check for $1,825 from its insurance company for soccer goals that were removed from a field by a council member and were later reported stolen from behind the borough's garage.
"The check will be sent as reimbursement to the Hamburg Soccer Association," Zimmerman said.
The next council meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at St. Luke's Church.