Reynoldsville Borough Council says the police contract is invalid

The police contract that was negotiated last summer is invalid. So says the Reynoldsville Borough Council, and its members want to renegotiate.

In an interview Reynlow News, Council President William Cebulskie said that Borough Solicitor Joe Ryan and another unnamed attorney agreed the contract was invalid.

First and foremost, it was never signed by Mayor Peach Caltagarone, who said he was excluded by the former council and never got to review it. Cebulskie added that both borough police officers didn’t sign the contract as well, only their representative from the Teamsters Union.

Once the council began to review the pact, Cebulskie said, there were other areas of disagreement, including the hours officers are on duty. Cebulskie said he would like to see more coverage evenings and weekends, not just Monday through Friday during the day, which, he says, is in the disputed contract.

“It’s not beneficial to Reynoldsville Borough,” he told Reynlow News.

Council would like to redesign the force to one full time officer instead of two. The other shifts would be covered by part time officers.

At the last borough council meeting the regionalization of the police force was discussed, possibly combining with Sykesville.

When contacted, Chief Troy Bell said he had no comment on the contract at this time.

More details are expected to be discussed at the next regular council meeting set for February 12 at 6 p.m. at the Reynoldsville Fire Hall.

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