CLARKS SUMMIT-At the May 1 Clarks Summit borough council meeting, the council tabled buying three assault rifles to be installed in the vehicles.
“I’m trained to qualify everyone,” Chief Joseph Laguzzi.
Councilman Herman Johnson asked, “The only question I have, is do we have money for it, seeing as it wasn’t budgeted? I have no problem, I support that 100 percent. But do we have enough money in our finances for it?”
“That is a big issue, because we didn’t budget,” Council President Gerrie Carey said.
“The money was not budgeted. But we’ve also had some income this year that was not budgeted. So the question is, how do you want to allocate this?” Borough Manager Virginia Kehoe said.
The assault rifles would cost about $4,000.
“Well, back to the question. Like I said before I have no problem with this but I think this should be tabled and proposed to the finance committee to see if we can afford this,” Johnson said.
Johnson questioned the legalities of using funds raised through recycling efforts for this purpose. “I would feel more comfortable if we researched this.”
Laguzzi said in light of the national events in the past few months, he wants the police force to have every opportunity to prepare.
“I agree, this past year it just seems like no one was expecting the Boston incident, the Sandy Hook, it’s just getting close to home. That is the reason we are doing all this extra training and trying to be prepared. I’m not saying something is going to happen here and I hope it never does, I just want my guys to be ready,” Laguzzi said. “If we can do it great, I’d appreciate it but I understand the financial aspects.”
“I will put this in front of the finance committee,” Kehoe said.
The motion was tabled and will be revisited during the May 5 meeting.
In other business, Councilman David Jenkins made the motion to appoint Joe Krott as the new EMA. Councilman Dominic Scott seconded the motion.
Council approved the installation of a 40 -gallon water tank in borough chambers. The tank, which offers hot water, will cost under $1,000. Building and plants line item of the budget will fund it.
During Earth Day, $1,500 was raised in sponsorship. Alicia Vogel’s first grade class at Clarks Summit Elementary School is the recycling champ of 2013. Among the items collected: more than 100 medicine bottles, 52 bulbs, 12 pounds of ink cartridges and 20 pounds of batteries.
* resolution 2013-08 records destruction,
* resolution 2013-09 Route 6 Byway,
* resolution 2013-10 meter suspension for Abington Business and Professional Association Customer Appreciation Day.
Steuart Bailey came before the council on behalf of the VFW Post. He sought clarification on sewage billing and how much the group should pay as a nonprofit organization.
Kehoe explained the calculations of the bar and dining area at the VFW on behalf of Patrick Lavelle, an engineer, with whom she meet earlier. Lavelle measured square footage of the dining area to determine its capacity and gallons per day of water required.
Roy Davis was absent from the meeting.