“As the world turns, Chief [Charles] Palmer would like to hire former Chief [David] Faust as a part-time employee,” Borough Manager Shane Pepe announced at the Emmaus Borough Council meeting Sept. 19.
Faust, who retired in March after being the Emmaus Borough Police Chief for 16 years, would be hired as a part-time police officer at $20.16 an hour. Pepe said he would mainly be working the Emmaus High School sporting events.
At the Aug. 15 Emmaus Borough Council, Mayor Winfield Iobst announced the Emmaus Halloween Parade will be held Oct. 15 while Trick-or-Treat night will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 28
In other business at the council meeting, Resolution 2016-31 was passed which will allow Borough Manager Shane Pepe to apply for the Charlie Stemer Intern Grant. This grant will give the borough money to hire interns.
Councilman Nathan Brown said at the Aug. 15 council meeting, the borough received official notice it is in quarantine in regard to the Spotted Lanternfly.
The insect is an inch-long black, red and white spotted insect which attacks pines, grapes and fruit trees.
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.”