Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Mayor Rick Hoffman reaffirmed his decision to limit police shifts.
After several weeks of being absent from council meetings, Macungie Mayor Rick Hoffman walked into the bi-monthly meeting about 10 minutes after it began on July 16. Much to the dismay of Council President Jean Nagle who was trying to maintain order and run a meeting, residents immediately wanted Hoffman's decision on 24/7 police coverage. And in the wake of the antics at the past several meetings, and in light of his repeated absence, two residents actually asked the mayor to step down. He did not respond to the first request, but as residents' tempers rose, so did Hoffman's. By the time the meeting reached the point in the agenda at which the mayor was to address the police issue, the atmosphere in the room was tense, and conversations …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
The majority of voters would like Macungie Mayor Rick Hoffman to know they're not pleased.
Voters in last week's Patch poll said a vote of no confidence for Macungie Mayor Rick Hoffman would be appropriate. Out of 192 votes, 182 -- or 94 percent -- said Hoffman should be told residents of Macungie have no confidence in his mayoral governance. Eight votes, 4 percent, said a no confidence vote is not appropriate. Two votes -- 1 percent -- were cast for "other." This is not a scientific poll, and that a little more than 3,000 people live in the borough. The most recent issue stems from the mayor's decision to allow the Macungie Police Department to operate without staffing all 30 shifts each week with Macungie police officers. The mayor is allowing only 25 shifts per week to be filled, leaving five eight-hour shifts open. On those …
Monday, June 4, 2012
Tonight's council meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Macungie Institute.
Macungie Council could be in for another marathon meeting tonight as it revisits the issue of police protection throughout the borough. Two weeks ago the issue, referred to in the agenda as “2012 Budget, Police Part Time Wages," was listed as the very last topic to be discussed before the executive session. This week, it is the only item under "Unfinished Business -- Part I," and is clearly labeled "24/7 Police Coverage." In a Patch Poll published after the last meeting, 179 votes or 69 percent indicated a clear preference that there be a Macungie police officer scheduled for every shift, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The poll also indicated that 77 votes or 30 percent indicated it was acceptable to leave some shifts unscheduled.