-During the monthly meeting of the Waymart Borough Council, police chief Fred Galvich discussed upcoming changes to the police department.
"We are working on getting electronic record keeping," he says. "We are looking for a program that isn't overly expensive. I know that Honesale's department has one that costs $2,300 just to update. We're going to keep looking and I hope we can find something that will work."
The department is also looking into hiring a new officer, who will assist on weekends when needed.
"It will add coverage to the department and it won't cause an increase in our budget," Galvich says.
Galvich also needed permission from the council to purchase ammunition for the department.
"It's going to cost us $700 for qualifying," he says. "We are trying to find ways to save on the cost as well."
Normally the police department gets the ammo from Jerry Sports Center. Galvich says the cost qualifies them to carry ammo for the firearms.
For September, the police department had three drug arrests.
"The drug problem still exists in town," says Galvich. "We are doing the best we can with it."
The grant application has been submitted for funds that would allow the borough to add to their building.
The foundation for the new ice cream shop, which is located at Carbondale and South Streets, is complete. It will be 36 by 24 feet and will have a small dining area. Grimm construction is all ready to go for building it.
The lighting project on Brookside Road is underway. There are four poles being placed. Council is optimistic it will be complete by Halloween.
The chili cookoff was a success. Jane Varcoe stated they had 22 participants, whereas Honesdale had eight for theirs. Council thanked everyone for the great help and participation.
The Halloween party in the park will take place on Halloween, from 5 to 8 p.m.