Several police-force related questions and comments were brought up at this weeks council meeting.
Foremost, Judy Dici, one of the council members, asked when the Borough plans to hire a part time officer to help remedy the overtime hours some of the officers are currently getting; according to what was discussed at the meeting, the Borough is still reviewing applications and remain active in the process of hiring a part time officer. An exact date and time an officer should be hired by was not stated.
There has been a rumor going around that one of the Ellwood City Police Officers tested positive for drugs after taking a drug test, and this issue was also discussed at the meeting. Ed Leymarie, the Borough solicitor, spoke on the behalf of Mayor Anthony Court who was absent for the meeting, “rumors surrounding the accusation that one of our officers tested positive for drugs has absolutely no truth behind it.”
The current healthcare plan the officers are on, UPMC Health PPO $3500 $20/$40 medical plan and 15/30/50/50 prescription plan was passed for renewal for the next month.