Last updated: June 17. 2014 11:25PM - 1080 Views
By Geri Gibbons Times Leader Correspondent

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FORTY FORT — The borough Personnel Policy Manual evaluation was a topic of discussion of a special meeting on Monday night.

Councilman Frank Michaels led the discussion, emphasizing the importance of clarification and consistency in drafting personnel policy.

Any infractions would be investigated by the borough manager and council president.

The manual would outline clear consequences for non-compliance in areas of sexual harassment, workplace violence, substance abuse and safety.

Council Vice President Robert Craig stressed the seriousness of infractions related to workplace violence.

The manual would also outline safety directives, with specific protections for employees and residents. Any necessary trainings or re-trainings would be at employee expense.

In another matter, council will advertise an amended Tree Lawn Ordinance that will limit property owners’ timeframe to rectify overgrown lawns in excess of 6 inches.

Michaels said he was worried about elderly borough residents who might be hospitalized or incapable of lawn maintenance.

But, Mayor Andy Tuzinski expressed confidence in the judgment of borough zoning and property maintenance officials and called citations “a last resort.”

Council also discussed a paving project in conjunction with Pennsylvania American Water. Streets included in the project would include parts of Center, Fourth, East Turner and Colonial Gardens.

Council is awaiting geo technical reports before finalization of the project, with Pennsylvania American Water funding one-half of project costs.

Borough Manager Barbara Fairchild said the cooperative effort was financially beneficial to the borough.

In another matter, the borough’s “Families for Forty Fort Park” will hold a “Movie in the Park” event on Friday, June 27, with a showing of the “Lego” movie.

Tuzinski lauded the effort with providing opportunity for borough residents to gather in support of the park and borough.

He suggested designating areas of the park as “non-smoking” and council anticipates adopting a specific policy at its next meeting. Appropriate signs will be placed throughout the park prohibiting “smoking, littering and bad language.”

Also, a Fort Fort cookbook will be available for sale at the borough’s upcoming craft fair on July 13, and residents are welcome to submit their own recipes.

The next meeting of Borough Council will be on July 7 at 7:30 p.m.

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