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Deputy Chief of Police named in Emmaus

Emmaus Borough Council met March 20 where it was announced Bryan Hamscher was chosen as the deputy chief of police. It was stated each final candidate was extremely impressive.

Councilman Roy Anders announced the hiring of a full-time public works department employee Camilo Rodriguez. It was said he has a specialty in electronics and can perform a lot of needed work in that area.

There were also new hires read and approved during the public safety report. The new paramedics are Christani Allerano and Shelbey Delserro. Allerano was a flight paramedic in the military and has extensive experience in the field. Delserro is an experienced EMT and was heavily suggested by many in the department. She will be going through a paramedic program before getting started.

There were two items in communications. First, a notice was received from the Cedarbrook Sportsmen Club stating they will not be allowed to stock trout in Furnace Dam nor in many other streams and ponds as they have done in the past. This is due to a new mud snail in the waters that could, potentially, do harm to the fish.

An information sheet was received for the Emmaus 4-Mile Race from the Lehigh Valley Road Runners. It will be held March 26 and begin 9:30 a.m.

There was nothing to highlight in the borough engineer’s report or solicitor’s report.

In unfinished business, Ordinances 1239 and 1240 were both read and approved.

Ordinance 1239 established the parking kiosks to be placed at 311 Main St. The hourly parking fee will be $1 an hour and a long-term parking fee of $35 a month.

Ordinance 1240 established hiring and promotion procedures for upper management employees. Both ordinances were read and approved during previous meetings, but these approvals make them official.

There were no items in new business or a mayoral report for the evening.

In budget and finance, the bill list totaled $1,542,048.99.

In Borough Manager Shane Pepe’s report, he announced the retention of probationary firefighter Richard Schantzenbach. He also announced the hiring of part-time EMT Leanne Ruch who has experience working at St. Luke’s University Health Network.

Following this, the meeting was adjourned. The next meeting will be held 6 p.m. April 3. Meetings are currently held at 420 S. 10th St., Emmaus.