Saxton Borough Council Monday evening accepted, with regret, the resignation of part-time borough police officer Logan Tornatore. His last day of employ with the borough will be May 21.
Mayor Alan Smith thanked Tornatore for his kind words of the borough in his resignation letter. He also thanked him for nearly three years of dedicated service ensuring the safety of not only borough but neighboring Liberty Township residents.
Tornatore, according to Smith, secured a full-time position with the Martinsburg Borough, Blair County police department. Smith said Tornatore will be missed and Council president Lester Meck wished Tornatore all the best in his new job.
Following a 15-minute executive session called for personnel matters, council
agreed to foot the bill for borough police officer and Tussey Mountain School District school resource officer (SRO) Dave Buseck’s salary until the end of the 2018-19 school year that ends in two weeks.
The action is necessary since a $90,000 grant the borough obtained three years omeago to fund its SRO program expires on May 23. Council felt very strongly that an SRO needs to remain in place within the district especially at this time of year where students are excited to soon be getting out for summer break.
Smith said the continuation of the SRO program was discussed before last evening’s workshop session at a meeting between members of the district’s school safety committee and district administration officials. The matter was supposed to be discussed at the workshop session but The Daily News learned it was not.
Council unanimously agreed to adopt a resolution of respect in honor and memory of the late William “Bill” Kelly who passed away on May 1 at the age of 92. Mr. Kelly served 35 years on borough council before retiring from local government service at the end of November 2013.
Smith said Mr. Kelly should be recognized for his tremendous commitment to his community and for a job well done. Smith recalled serving on council for eight years in the 1980s with Mr. Kelly and said he has many fond memories of their time serving together.
Equally, councilman Phil Johnson said he too has many memories of serving with Mr. Kelly. Smith said Mr. Kelly was a good public servant and a great role model.
Smith told borough police chief Steve Kagarise that immediate action is needed to purchase body cameras for use by borough police officers using USDA grant funds the borough received for this purpose. Karagarise said he has already inquired with some dealers that sell them and demonstrations should soon be held.
With warm weather returning soon, Smith said borough officers will have to keep tabs on unmowed lawns and high grass. Several council members provided Kagarise with a list of some residents who need a warning now.
Also attending was councilmen John Hoffner, Larry Miller and Adam Runk. Also business manager Jamie Foster, maintenance supervisor — part-time water plant operator Brian Wills and maintenance employee-part-time water plant operator Don Herdman.
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