Troy acts on police resignations
TROY - During an early morning special meeting Monday, Troy Borough Council acted on the recent resignations in the Troy Police Department.
Prior to the action, council discussed the resignations in executive session for about 45 minutes at the Allen F. Pierce Free Library, where the meeting began at 7:30 a.m.
The approximately 10 people who attended the meeting had to go outside while council met behind closed doors. Also in attendance were Troy Police Sgt. Jarvis Burlingame and an on-call part-time member of the police department, Mike Northup, in addition to members of the media.
At around 8:15 a.m., council came out of the executive session and the meeting was opened to the public again.
Last week, Troy Police Chief Kyle Wisel said he and the full-time senior patrolman, Floyd McDonald, submitted their letters of resignation to Mayor Powers on Wednesday. In addition, part-time officer James Altieri resigned on Thursday, according to Wisel.
Council president Jason Hodlofski asked for a motion to accept the resignations and to authorize borough manager Dan Close "to proceed through the civil service process to fill those vacancies thereby created."
Council member Bob Ives made the motion and council member Veronica Seymour seconded it. It was approved unanimously. All council members attended, except for councilman Jim Warn. Mayor Mike Powers also attended.
As was previously reported, McDonald, who is the third in command of the department, cited a rift between the police and the council, in explaining his resignation.
"The rift had been growing (over time) and it came to (a) head when they froze (the budget for the) part-time officers," which prevented them from working for the department, McDonald said. "Basically it was left to three guys - Kyle, myself and Sgt. Burlingame - to keep up (the department). And it's not working, and it's not fair to the community."
Close, however, said that from the community's point of view, "there has not been any big issues" that have occurred due to the freeze on the line item for the part-time officers."
After the vote, council opened the floor for discussion and allowed resident Jack Hulslander to speak.
He addressed the borough's manager salary.
"I believe earlier this year I said something about the manager, if he didn't make the money he does, there would have been money for the police and maintenance," he said.
He thought the police positions had "poor pay," but said the borough manager by comparison had "extreme pay."
"We're not getting our money's worth, people," he said.
Hulslander thought council was unfairly blaming the mayor for the issues with the police department.
"It's not on his back, and yes, like I said before â¦ you blamed him for all the problems in the news," he said.
"And it was clearly on your back or who you designated to take care of it. Now, think about that for a while."
At the last council meeting, Hulslander had spoken over his allotted three minutes, and was threatened with the possibility of being escorted out of the meeting by police.
Last month, Ives, who had been presiding over the meeting in the place of Hodlofski - who was absent at the time - had told McDonald, "you're going to have to escort him (Hulslander) out of here if he doesn't want to abide by the rules."
On Monday, Hulslander referenced the incident by asking if his three minutes was up. Ives responded that Hulslander was "close."
Hulslander told council that someone told him he was being referred to as "the three-minute troublemaker."
"And I said, 'thank you, all I did was bring up things that should have been brought up at council.'"
No other residents spoke to council.
Earlier, Close said he has directed Powers to formally request that the state police "include us in their routine patrols, because we are down to one full-time officer."
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