Laceyville Has New Police Officer
At Tuesday night’s meeting of the Laceyville Borough Council, Mayor Ken Patton announced that police Sgt. Lloyd Overfield had submitted a letter of resignation, stating he was pursuing other interests outside police work. Patton said Overfield, a part-time employee, had worked for the borough for six years, had done an excellent job and was leaving his job under good terms. Council President Don VanDeMark agreed with Patton’s assessment of Overfield. “He’s been good for the borough,” VanDeMark said, calling for council to table action on accepting Overfield’s resignation, in the event at some point in the future he may reconsider. Patton said Overfield’s resignation was effective immediately.
Moments after learning of Overfield’s resignation, council accepted a recommendation from Mayor Patton to hire Joe DeMuro to take his place and voted unanimously to hire DeMuro.
DeMuro told council that it was in Laceyville that he began his career as a police officer in 1986 when he was sworn in by former Mayor Mable Clark. He also served briefly in Wyalusing Borough. After leaving Laceyville, DeMuro took a position as security specialist for a number of large retail outlets. DeMuro, who lives in Great Bend, PA, will join part-time officer George Andras on Laceyville’s Police Department and is also expected to provide police service in Wyalusing Borough, where Overfield served through a contract between the two boroughs. Patton said DeMuro will be sworn in and on the job in the near future.
On another matter, Water Superintendent Tim Shotwell updated council regarding the recent meeting involving members of council, DEP Officials, State Representative Sandy Major and Senator Lisa Baker and others, who came together to find a solution for Laceyville’s water problems. (That meeting was covered in detail in last week’s Rocket-Courier). Shotwell, who thanked councilman Rich Rodgers for organizing the meeting, said he expected work to rehabilitate an existing well, a plan that came out of the previously mentioned meeting, to begin in the next few weeks.
Other business included:
—Discussing the problem of dim street lamps along Main Street, which has been going on for about a year.
—Considering sharing the cost of dumpster service at Donovan Park, $37.50 per month, with other municipalities who use the park including Braintrim, Windham and Tuscarora Townships, providing those municipalities agree. The request was made by the local little league. Council provides insurance and lawn mowing services at the park.
—Forming a committee to work on creating a playground in the borough that will utilize playground equipment from the Laceyville Elementary School, which council expects to acquire. The playground will be located at property formerly owned by Ella Cobb Jackson, which is being donated to the borough. Committee members include Tim Shotwell, Don VanDeMark and Rich Rodgers, who will serve as chairperson.
—Discussing a drainage problem at Bluhm’s store along Route 6 and deciding the solution needs to be worked out by property owners.
— Hearing from Mayor Patton that he closed the Franklin Street Bridge temporarily due to some flood damage to the bridge’s wing walls.
—Hearing from Mary Tyler that the highway fund is exhausted for the rest of the year. “I hope it doesn’t snow before next May,” she said. The next check doesn’t arrive until May 2012. VanDeMark said the borough also budgets general fund monies for snow removal. “We don’t have much choice,” Tyler said.
—Hearing from Rodgers that Saturday’s Cleaner and Greener Clean-up is expected to begin at 8:45 with participants meeting in the parking lot behind the Laceyville Fire Hall. Volunteers will clean up litter in Laceyville and Wyalusing and along Route 6 between the two communities. Those participating will be provided with gloves, vests and trash bags. Sandwiches will be provided by the Wyalusing Hotel, Cargill has donated hamburgers, the Wiser Choice Restaurant has donated hot dogs and, Jeanne DeRemer is baking a cake. Water will also be provided, and this year instead of tee-shirts, Rodgers said each participant will receive a pine tree seedling to take home and plant. In the event of rain, clean-up will take place on the following Saturday, May 14.
—Keith Pennay, a prospective member of council, sat in on Tuesday night’s meeting.