Greencastle employees recognized for injury-free year

Shawn Hardy

Personnel and police calls were among the items discussed at Monday’s Greencastle Borough Council meeting.

Borough employees are being rewarded for their safety record in 2015 with no loss of time to workers compensation.

“Going a year without an accident speaks to the culture of the employees,” said Councilman James Farley, who noted the safety record keeps workers compensation costs down.

As a thank you, employees will be treated to a cookout. In addition, full-time employees will receive an extra personal day and part-time employees will receive a half day.

While council was asked to authorize the borough spend $300 for the cookout, councilmen agreed to a motion by Duane Kinzer that they will individually foot the bill at around $45 each.

“I feel we owe it to our employees, I’m proud of them,” Kinzer said.

The cookout will be held at yet-to-be-determined date in the spring and Councilman Larry Faight will be the chef.

In other personnel matters, council approved a motion to amend the borough health care plan to include 100 percent reimbursement of the deductible retroactive to the beginning of the year. This reverts the borough to the 2016 plan.

“It’s important to have all employees on the same plan. It’s an expensive decision, but we’ll have to work it out,” said Borough Manager Eden Ratliff, who declined to elaborate after the meeting.

*** Police report ***

Police Chief John Phillippy said that while calls are down compared to last year there have been some interesting ones.

Rony, the police K-9, was called out on two tracking assignments — once for an elderly suicidal male and once to track a wanted person. The chief said Rony flushed the wanted person out of the woods behind Blaise Alexander.

In addition, the dog conducted four vehicle scans, including one arrest when marijuana packaged for sale was found in the vehicle.

The department’s human officers assisted Pennsylvania State Police on a robbery at the Shell station and the search for a man wanted for assault.

*** Other business ***

In other business, council agreed:

- To the purchase of a dump truck for $84,476 as included in the budget. Ratliff noted the borough will now be selling a pickup truck, which should bring in $10,000 to $12,000.

- To the request from American Legion Post 373 for the annual Memorial Day Parade on May 27.

- To the request for some borough streets to be closed or used for the fourth annual Pub Run on April 15.

- To the request from Operation God Bless America motorcycle ride for a police escort on June 4.

- To hold bulk item trash days from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 5, and from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 6.