Coopersburg Borough Council discussed two applications for a possible new zoning officer Monday night.
After an announcement at the Sept. 30 meeting, Councilman Larry Pummer placed an ad for a zoning officer and council received two applications.
The position is currently held by Barry Isett & Associates. “[Borough council] wants to look for other options,” said Borough Manager Dawn Kresge on posting the ad.
Council members expressed displeasure with the performance of an Isett associate. Councilman Dennis Balascak noted that maintenance checks took "much longer" than council anticipated. “[Applicants] need to set time parameters [for jobs],” Balascak said.
The zoning officer's salary is paid by permit fees -- a process that is supposed to keep the cost of property maintenance neutral. But the prolonged maintenance checks have ended up being expensive.
“We pay a lot for property maintenance,” said Mayor Tim Paashaus.
The applications and interviews will be handled by the Land and Sub-Division Committee.
Balascak also reported on proposed repairs to two manholes on W. State Street. After the record amount of rainfall over the last two months, workers found groundwater leaking into the sewer system. “They're leaking and leaking bad,” Balascak said.
The proposal would fill the leaking manholes with concrete and replace them with ones made of PVC. “Excavation is a lot less expensive,” Balascak said of the plan.
Meanwhile, Council quickly approved the monthly expenditures for September. “The good news is, we're in the black,” said Councilman John Felch. “We've started to put details together,” Felch added in reference to the proposed 2012 budget.
Council discussed a proposed ordinance regarding Marcellus shale drilling. Council President Gary Hovis mentioned taking it off the agenda.
“Why would we want an ordinance?” Balascak asked, noting that shale drilling is going on hundreds of miles away.
Council's meeting on Nov. 8 -- Election Day -- has been rescheduled to 7pm on Nov. 10.