CANTON - Canton Borough's crime watch will not be moving forward.

At this week's borough council meeting, police chief Doug Seeley made the announcement.

Chief Seeley said that the "Canton Area Neighborhood Watch" is being "shut down" for a couple reasons.

He said that the organizer of the watch, Mark Elmstrom, cited "personal reasons" for discontinuing it, and also the fact that there weren't enough volunteers.

"I would like to thank Mark for all the effort he put into this," the chief commented.

Chief Seeley said the possible reactivation of the watch in the future hasn't been ruled out, however.

The chief also announced that a part-time police officer was resigning.

In November, council had hired Russell Stratford, III as a part-time police officer. His resignation was accepted, effective Feb. 20.

He has taken a full-time position in the Harrisburg area, which Chief Seeley said is closer to his family. Stratford had also worked for Troy Borough, and recently resigned there as well.

In other business, council agreed to try out a shredding service on a trial basis.

At last month's meeting, borough administrator Amy Seeley reported that she had talked with a representative of North Central Sight Services, Inc., based in Williamsport, which offers a document shredding service to municipalities, organizations, businesses, schools, and churches.

According to North Central sales/marketing representative Rob Rudinski, North Central leaves behind a container, and when it's filled up, North Central will pick it up and take the materials to be shredded. There is a pick-up fee.

Visually impaired employees of North Central shred the materials at the organization's facility on Reach Road in Williamsport. According to Seeley, it would cost $26 each time to dump the container, which breaks down to 13 cents a pound. She said it holds 200 pounds.

Mayor John Vineski had visited the center where the shredding takes place, and reported back to council, noting that the workers are 75 to 100 percent blind. He said they just grab the materials and shred them.

The borough will put the container in the borough building for people to drop off materials when the office is open. Amy Seeley said they could start using it on Monday. Because the container is locked, however, it can't be opened. So, if someone accidentally drops their phone bill into the container, it can't be retrieved at that time.

At the beginning of the meeting, council went into executive session with Sean Tymeson and met for about 15 minutes behind closed doors. When asked by The Daily Review the reason for the executive session, Amy Seeley said it was for legal reasons.

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