Factoryville Borough vacancy board to appoint new council member

By Robert Tomkavage - rtomkavage@timesleader.com | September 21st, 2016 12:17 pm

FACTORYVILLE — After members of Factoryville council missed a 30-day window to approve a new council member, the borough’s vacancy board must appoint a replacement by Saturday, Sept. 24, solicitor Paul Litwin announced during a regular meeting on Sept. 14.

Council members accepted the resignation of Veronica Geerts, who stepped down due to health reasons, during the Aug. 10 meeting.

According to Mayor Gary Evans, three new security cameras have been installed in the borough. The new security system has the capacity to add 13 additional cameras within a four-mile radius.

“We wanted a system like this 10 years ago, but the technology wasn’t quite there or we couldn’t afford the technology at that point,” Evans said.

Borough President Chuck Wrobel believes the cameras will be a big asset to the borough.

“I was impressed with the night vision, infrared capabilities,” he said. “You can see people clear as even in the dark.”

Borough Manager Mary Ellen Buckbee can access the cameras from her office in borough hall and members of the Dalton Police Department can view them remotely by using an app on their cell phones.

Members of council accepted the resignation of Steve Swift as Ordinance Enforcement Officer. Now, the Dalton Police Department will be tasked with the responsibility.

Buckbee announced members of council plan to have a preliminary budget discussion during the regular October meeting.

Members of Factoryville Borough Council will next meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at borough hall, 161 College Ave.


By Robert Tomkavage


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