The Emmaus Lions Club presented the Emmaus Police Department with their new K-9 Ronny at the Emmaus Borough Council meeting June 20.
Ronny, donated by the Emmaus Lions Club, was purchased from Progressive K-9 Academy LLC, Walnutport, and was originally imported from Holland. The price for Ronny, who is a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois, was $12,200 which included the 320 hours of training for both the dog and his handler.
Charles Palmer was appointed as the new chief of police at the Emmaus Borough Council meeting held June 20.
Council chambers was completely filled by friends and fellow police officers as Palmer took the oath of office which was administered by Mayor Winfield Iobst.
Palmer has been a police officer for over 30 years, 22 of which have been with Emmaus. He has been working as active chief since former chief David Faust’s retirement in March and will start his official term July 1. His salary will be $96,500.
Without singing the song, “Sixteen Tons” by Tennessee Ernie Ford, Councilman Jeff Shubzda gave statistics at the May 16 Emmaus Borough Council meeting on trash and recyclables collected from Earth Day, which was held at Emmaus Community Park April 16.
A total of 132 30-gallon trash bags and two tires, 13,000 pounds of items were given to electronic recycling, 109 pounds of alkaline and 12 pounds of rechargeable batteries, 6,980 pounds of documents and 4 cubic yards of corrugated cardboard.
Borough Manager Shane Pepe announced at the May 16 council meeting there was an explosion at the Emmaus Community Pool May 13.
“What happened was our filter tanks, somehow someway, became so pressurized that they literally blew the plumbing apart,” Pepe said. The pressure was so high when the pipes exploded it blew a manhole cover off located 100 feet from the pool.
Police Capt. William Reinik of the Allentown Police Department gave a presentation to the Emmaus Borough Council regarding Project Lifesaver at the May 2 meeting.
Project Lifesaver is a program which uses electronic monitoring bracelets to help quickly locate those with autism, Alzheimer’s or other conditions who wander away from home.
The program was brought to the borough’s attention in March by Martha Lieberman, who is the Lehigh Valley coordinator for Project Lifesaver.
The summer parks program was briefly brought up at the Emmaus Borough Council meeting April 18.
It was announced in the latest borough newsletter the summer parks program was to be eliminated. After an online petition and several responses from community members, council decided to revisit the situation.
Borough Manager Shane Pepe was honored with the Borough Manager of the Year award by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce at the Lehigh Valley Mayors’ and Municipal Officials’ annual reception March 29 at ArtsQuest SteelStacks in Bethlehem.
Council President Brent Labenberg said this was a well-deserved award at the April 4 Emmaus Borough Council meeting.
“We’ve known this for four years; it’s just nice the Valley gets to find out about Shane also.”
Paul Swartz and Carlos Tobar, of USA Architects, gave a presentation to the Emmaus Borough Council March 21 regarding the schematics of the newly purchased building on 33 East Minor St.
The former Rodale building will be where the new council chambers, police, fire and EMS departments will be located.
Swartz, who is the CEO of USA Architects, said his company has held several meetings with the building committee, council members, fire chief, police chief and a number of other people in the process of planning this building.
The Emmaus Police Department will lose another senior officer March 31 to retirement.
Sgt. Karl D. Geschwindt has been with the police department for 28 years and announced his retirement via letter presented to the Emmaus Borough Council at the March 21 meeting.
“I really enjoyed coming to work each day, being able to perform my duties alongside my friends who are also my brother officers and clerical staff,” Geschwindt wrote.
He said his decision to retire was “very difficult, yet easy.”
Emmaus Chief of Police David Faust announced his retirement via letter, read by Mayor Winfield Iobst at the Emmaus Borough Council meeting March 7.
Faust, who stated his last day will be March 25, has been with the Emmaus Police Department for 30 years, and has been chief for 16 of those years. He also spent his first five years in the public works department.