Reviewing purchase orders, Commissioner Michael Hudak complained in detail about the $70,000 being spent for repairs to a relatively new HVAC system. He noted that one unit has been repaired 9 times since installation. "People are not looking as closely as they should," he complained.
Township Manager Howard Kutzler's request for a four-day training session in Boston, which will help him maintain his accreditation as a Planner, was approved at an expense of around $1,500. This money has already been set aside as part of the budget, and Kutler told Commissioners he'd pay for his own meals, mileage and parking. Thomas Nolan suggested that the Township pick up the tab for those expenses, but Jerry Batcha vetoed that notion, saying it's "quite admirable" that Kutler would offer to pay for some of the expenses. "I think we should take him up on it."
A $510 request to send two police officers to Pittsburgh for a four-day conference about organized crime, was tabled. Commissioners noted this has nothing to do with certification and are wary of paying for conferences while union negotiations are pending.
Sergeant Daryl LaPointe's request for state police training as a "drug recognition expert" was granted. The Commonwealth will pay for the training. "Aren't all our officers already trained in recognizing drunk drivers?" asked Commissioner Hudak. Sergeant Lapointe told Commissioners this training would teach him to recognize the effects of other substances, from marijuana to cocaine.
Currently, there are only eighty-one drug recognition experts throughout Pennsylvania.
Commissioners grudgingly approved Pamela Magnan's re-appointment to the Bethlehem Area Public Library Advisory Board, but also added Commissioner Thomas Nolan as an alternate. "We are not being represented well," complained Hudak. "They are there to pass on our opinions, our desires, our wants. Commissioners have repeatedly complained about their annual assessment, set at $375,000 this year.