Elizabethtown Borough’s new public works garage is making progress.
Assistant Borough Manager Ann Roda said at a brief Borough Council meeting on Thursday, April 4, that the concrete pad for the garage had been poured on Tuesday, April 2. The garage is being built behind the Santander Bank branch on South Market Street to replace an old garage on Plum Street that is too small to fit all the public works vehicles inside, meaning some must be parked outdoors, shortening the vehicles’useful life. Also at the 14-minute meeting, Police Chief Ed Cunningham noted that his agency is seeking applicants for new officers. He said applications will be accepted through Wednesday, May 1, and that both physical agility tests and written tests will be given on Saturday, May 18. In an interview after the meeting, Cunningham said one opening is expected to come up because of an impending retirement and he is hoping to get the Borough Council toauthorize adding one more
officer to the force, which now consists of Cunningham and 17 other officers.
Cunningham also noted that arrests for driving under the influence were up in March because his agency had participated in two DUI checkpoints, one roving checkpoint and one stationary checkpoint on South Market Street. He said 19 officers from eight departments participated in the stationary checkpoint, which resulted in four DUI arrests and one drug possession arrests, plus two people being successfully referred to a second-chance program for people with substance abuse problems.
Overtime for DUI checkpoints is reimbursed by a state grant, Cunningham said.
In other business, councilors approved a 120-day extension for a land developmentplan for a proposed auto parts store. A 45-day extension for the proposed AutoZone store was granted in January, but Planningand Zoning Director Pamela Craddock said a contractual issue with the property owner had to be worked out. She confirmed thatan appointment with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation about
the project had been canceled while everything is on hold. All members present voted to grant the extension until Aug. 17; Councilor Neil Ketchum was absent.
In the only other action taken in the meeting, all members present voted to approve a request for proposals for pension plan investment services.
“We haven’t gone through this process for this service in many, many years, at least 20,” Borough Manager Roni Ryan said, noting that this was both for the police pension plan and the separate plan for non-uniformed employees.