Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Callahan Appoints Nazareth Football Coach to Planning Comm'n
In 2008, Melosky was waiting for a different kind of vote. Accused of assaulting a high school senior during a Northampton - Whitehall football game, Melosky was exonerated by a jury after a three-day trial despite evidence that the boy was knocked unconscious. Before that, he was the subject of yet another investigation for possible witness intimidation, although no charges were ever filed.
After his acquittal, Melosky faced another vote by Nazareth School Directors. They decided, in a 5-4 vote, to hire him as a health and physical ed teacher. Melosky went on to lead the Blue Eagles to a District XI championship last season, in what is being heralded as the "greatest season in Nazareth's history."
Back in 2008, when Melosky was facing assault charges, he lived in Northampton. In 2010, according to Internet records, he was living in an apartment at the Silk Mill, located at 238 W Goepp Street. According to Mayor Callahan's appointment, Melosky now lives in another apartment, this one located on W. Third Street.
It's unclear how long Melosky has resided in Bethlehem or whether this planner even owns any real estate. There's no evidence at all that he has any planning experience in his background, except for the x's and o's on the gridiron. Yes, he was acquitted, but his involvement in a physical altercation with a teenager demonstrates impulse control problems.
The real reason for this appointment is that Melosky is part of the Callahan "rat pack." He and the Mayor socialize together. But I don't see how being a drinking buddy qualifies him to succeed knowledgeable real estate professionals like Larry Krauter or Steve Thode.
To his credit, Melosky was in the audience at last night's meeting. Unknown to me, he was actually right behind me. Had I known that, I would have asked him these questions. As it stands, I cornered the wrong person.
I sure hope nobody pours a bucket of Gatorade over him after a lengthy planning case.
The other planner confirmed unanimously at last night's meeting is Olga Negron, who has served on CACLV and as Executive Director of the Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks.