Shoemakersville Borough Council voted to have its solicitor rewrite some of the borough's ordinances which would give the borough's code enforcement officer or someone appointed by council the authority to enforce.Solicitor Keith Mooney said that several borough ordinances state that the enforcing agent is the police department and since the borough's police force was dissolved that it's time to change the ordinances.
"We would not have to change the ordinances again in the event that the police department was reestablished in the future," Mooney said. "We can keep them in the ordinance."
Mooney stated that the codes enforcement officer would not be able to detain alleged criminal violators or enforce moving traffic ordinances.
"The codes officer would be able to enforce parking, expired car inspection and unsafe automobile ordinances, to name a few," Mooney said. "The state police won't enforce local ordinances due to multiple municipalities they cover that have different local ordinances."
Councilman Benjamin Parent asked council members, "Do we ultimately want to bring the police department back?"
Council President Clark Zimmerman said that "once we're out from under the (former) police chief then bringing back the police can be ultimately looked at."
The borough paid former Police Chief Ronald Yocum back pay, but the issue of disability has not been settled, Mayor Richard Kepner said.
"He lost in federal court and the judge threw it back to the arbitrator," Kepner said. "There is no timeline to his appeals."
In other news, council voted to purchase a vacuum release system for the baby pool for $550.
"According to federal law, we cannot open the baby pool without it," Councilwoman Amy Botwright said. "It's covered by the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act. If it suspects that something is blocking the drain it releases the pressure.
"Last year we purchased an anti-entrapment cover for the baby pool which will also be added to the regular pool this year."
In other news, council voted to install a Red Flag ordinance which requires "any creditor that takes in payments, such as, water, sewer, trash or tax payments to protect people from identity theft," according to Mooney.
"Anyone taking in money must protect the client's identity," Mooney said.
Councilman Warren Fleischel was absent.