With no items on the agenda other than the monthly report from the police department, Elizabethtown Borough Council members took up most of a 10-minute meeting asking questions of Police Chief Jack Mentzer.
In response to a question from Councilor C. Dale Treese, Mentzer said Officer Richard Regel is doing a great job in his role as school resource officer. Regel took that job over in early 2017 from Officer Rick Farnsler, who retired. Mentzer said that Regel interacts well with young people; at one point toward the end of the last school year, he was talking with middle school students after school and rode a student’s skateboard, much to the amusement of a teacher who witnessed that.
“We are very, very optimistic about having a good school year,” Mentzer said at the Borough Council work session meeting on Thursday, Sept. 7.
Councilor Tom Shaud asked about newly hired officers Evan Bigler and Dan Wengiel, who were sworn in on July 10.
“They are going extremely well through what’s known as the FTO, or field training officer, program,” Mentzer said. He added that the Borough Council has done an excellent job deciding whom to hire in recent years. “Some of them are mature beyond their years and the future is bright for the Elizabethtown Police Department,” Mentzer said.
Council President Marc Hershey asked about how the Elizabethtown Fair in late August affected the police department. Mentzer said the fair had less problems with fights breaking out than in previous years, but more problems with numerous petty thefts. Mentzer said the problems involved people grabbing items from vendors without paying for them and running off, something that had not been a problem in previous years.
In other business, borough resident Carol Witmer asked during the public comment period about progress made on regulating the practice of people renting out rooms in their homes to travelers who book the rooms over a website. Hershey said an ordinance regulating the practice has been advertised for a public hearing and possible adoption at the council meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19.
“We couldn’t quite get it moved up fast enough for the September meeting,” Hershey said.
The next Elizabethtown Borough Council meeting is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, at the municipal building at 600 S. Hanover St., Elizabethtown.