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Macungie Council Leaves VP Hutchison's Resignation on the Table

Greg Hutchison either stepped down as Macungie Council's vice president or else he stepped down completely. The move will be addressed at the Oct. 2 meeting.

As some members of Macungie Council fought to keep the public at bay at Monday night's meeting, others engaged in a bit of in-fighting. One of them even resigned. Or tried to resign. Or is still thinking about resigning.

At the beginning of the meeting, Greg Hutchison was vice president of council. He was at the end, too, but somewhere in the middle he quit, though not enough other members took him seriously enough to vote on it and make it stick.

Council member David Boyko, who missed the last two meetings, challenged Hutchison to repeat the suggestion Hutchison made that Boyko should be replaced as Macungie's Emergency Management Director.

Boyko is revising the borough's Emergency Management Plan, a lengthy process. Several council members commented at the time that it would be good if Boyko could step up the process a bit.

Boyko was not there to hear it, but word found its way back and he challenged Hutchison on it. Boyko was appointed to the director's job by the governor several years ago. Replacing him would take some time since the governor would have to appoint somebody else.

Boyko pointed out the irony of Hutchison's accusations by saying that Hutchison has not completed the two weeks of emergency management training required for council members across the state. It would take Hutchison two weeks to complete these trainings, Boyko said.

"Then I quit," Hutchison said, seemingly out of frustration with the situation.

But Boyko questioned him about it and when Hutchison repeated the statement, Boyko seconded the "motion." Council did not take it as a serious motion, but may have to reconsider.

After the meeting Hutchison said he may not only have to step down as vice president, but as council member, too. His employer will not allow him to take two weeks for the training, he said.

Also after the meeting, in a phone interview, Boyko said the required emergency training sessions are tied in to the funding the federal government allots after a disaster. If any council member does not have the training, the borough could have to forfeit emergency funding in the event of a disaster.

Hutchison is not the only council member who does not have the required training, Boyko said.

Mariella Savidge September 19, 2012 at 11:38 PM
I want to thank the anonymous commenter who emailed to alert me of the repetition in this story. It makes more sense now. Please don't hesitate to let me know!
get real September 20, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Another fine example of Hutchison opening his mouth wide enough to get both feet in. Anyone who was duped into supporting the slate of three; Becker, Hutchison, and Walker, must feel very proud. So far they have exhibited the wrong type of leadership and created the wrong type of headlines. Way to go slate of three!
Dave September 20, 2012 at 12:38 PM
I am sick and tired of opening my morning newspaper and seeing another "black-eye" delivered to the town of Macungie. Almost ever morning I see Lynn Walker standing outside of the Turkey Hill chatting it up and acting as if he has done nothing worng. I see the clown "mayor" at the Bear Swamp sitting like he is the King of the World. Now the council V.P. decides it's time to get himself in the paper. What the heck is wrong with these supposedly intelligent "adults". I've witnessed better behavior on an elementary schoolyard at recess. Does anyone on council care that our "one-time" quiet little town is now becoming the laughing stock of all of our neighbors. I'd love to attend a meeting and remind council that their mission is to serve the town residents and promote issues that can improve the town and help it prosper. They seem to think that their mission is to get into the paper as often as possible and step on the First Amendment rights of taxpaying Macunie residents. I guess they sit with the foolish notion that they will all get re-elected. Like everyone else, I will wait until 2013 and then use my right to vote these immature clowns out of office, including the biggest, stupidest clown of all, the "mayor". Until then, we have to sit and continue to be embarressed by our childish council and moronic "mayor".
Responsible Citizen September 20, 2012 at 06:37 PM
AMEN Dave!!! We agree!!
Guy Ramsey October 12, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Let me say that the full training requirements are extensive. http://www.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_2_44381_5147_487605_43/http%3B/pubcontent.state.pa.us/publishedcontent/publish/cop_public_safety/pema/area_offices/central_area_tab/training.html And I never completed the training either. But, the only way out of this mess for the borough is to have a good set of candidates run for office.

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