Roles remain the same in Denver

By on January 23, 2013

By: ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent, Staff Writer



Cocalico High School Junior, Ryan Shupp (center) took the Denver junior council person oath of office from May Webber on Jan. 14. He will serve on council for the remainder of the school year. Welcoming Shupp is Denver mayor, Adam Webber (left) and Denver council president, Walter Fink (right).

Business owner, Walter Fink, remains president of Denver Borough Council, and clergyman, Rodney Redcay, vice-president.

During a Jan. 14 meeting, council reappointed Alan Meckley to a three-year term on the Denver Borough zoning hearing board and Frederick Wagaman, to a five-year term on the Denver Borough planning commission.

Denver recreation board appointments included Michael Styer and Lou Casanova to three-year terms and Dennis Worley to fill a vacant one-year term.

Doug Musselman was appointed to a five-year term on the Denver Borough shade tree commission.

Council approved $8,102.34 to purchase a new HP computer file server from Freedom Systems Corporation, Eagleville.

"We’ve know this expense was coming," Denver Borough manager, Mike Hession, said. "We’ve maxed out the capacity and budgeted for this purchase."

"I was in here to sign bills last week," said President Fink. "And I can vouch for how slow the system is."

Council members welcomed the third junior council person for 2012-2013, Ryan Shupp. He is a junior honor roll student at Cocalico High School, active in student government and his church, Mohler Church of the Brethren. Shupp volunteers at Colonial Retirement facility and was chosen for the Hugh O’Brien leadership program.

Council heard Denver Fire Police captain Ronald Petery give the annual volunteer fire police report. Petery reported all 11 fire police are sworn in. One volunteer fire policeman is also a fireman and certified equipment driver. A total of 300.5 volunteer man hours were expended by fire police in 2012.

Council passed a resolution authorizing the volunteer fire police to participate in non-emergency events during 2013.

Council approved overtime compensation for the director of public works for any overtime earned while plowing and removing snow, based at the rate of one-and-a-half times the regular hourly rate for Saturdays and week days, and two times the regular hourly rate for Sundays and holidays.

"The director has a lot of paperwork that is entailed with his job. There is an administrative aspect to it," commented Hession.

Council approved overtime compensation for the Borough manager and secretary for overtime earned during a FEMA/PEMA declared emergency based on the rate of one-and-a-half times the regular hourly rate for Saturdays and week days, and at the rate of two times the regular rate for Sundays and holidays. These funds get reimbursed by FEMA/PEMA.

Councilman Mike Gensemer reported that the Boy Scout Cabin Reconstruction Project meeting was fruitful. "There is a lot to be decided," Gensemer said. One decision made, due to financial projections, is to construct a one-story structure, instead of a two-story one, as had been discussed.

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