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Wednesday, February 27, 2013 by TYLER D. MARTIN tmartin@tnonline.com in Local News

Council passes first reading of ordinance amending civil service rules

Emmaus Borough Council passed the first reading of an ordinance amending the civil service rules and regulations at the Feb. 19 meeting.

According to council, the proposed ordinance will implement a regimented promotion process and create safeguards in the selection process, including the implementation of polygraph tests.

Solicitor Jeffery Dimmich said the ordinance will bring the borough's selection process in line with current laws and civil service standards.

Dimmich also recommended an ordinance which will have people guilty of violating borough ordinances pay the attorney fees and court costs. He said he drafted the document for another township he represents and was willing to give it to Emmaus if they wanted to pass the measure. The ordinance proposal was referred to the General Admission Committee for review.

Bob Boehmer, representing the Emmaus Arts Commission, explained some of the future projects the group wants to endeavor.

He said the new Anniversary Gallery on the first floor of Borough Hall is not the end of the commission's hopes for arts in the building.

He said, with the approval of council, they would ultimately like to use council chambers for small classical concerts and incorporate additional art in the upstairs hallway.

Council President Lee Ann Gilbert said the signs for the truck parking ordinance have been ordered and will be placed strategically around the borough to inform drivers there will be no large truck parking on borough streets.

Councilman Bent Labenberg said public works employees will begin installing plastic guards on the planters located on the Triangle to prevent damage by people grinding them down. He said the new hardware will protect the borough's investment in beautifying Triangle Park.

Jean Shook was named to the Emmaus Arts Commission. There is still one opening.

Michael Hoffman was named to the Planning Commission. He is the first person from outside the borough to be named to a commission. Council members said he is highly qualified.