Fasnacht escorted out of meeting

By Rebecca Zemencik, Managing Editor • rebecca-z@citizenstandard.com

TREMONT – The borough council meeting got a bit heated last Tuesday evening and resulted in one man being escorted from the meeting room by Tremont Borough Police Chief Michael Conway.
Jerry Fasnacht, former code enforcement officer was escorted from the meeting at approximately 8 p.m. when he had some heated and threatening words with borough resident Michael Renninger, who was in attendance at the meeting.
The meeting heated up as council was discussing a report on property maintenance with Engineer Marty Sowers.
For months borough resident Dr. Ray Leidich has been trying to have a property investigated located next to his home at 35 S. Crescent Street. He claims the property is in bad shape and is a health violation. He said he has had several people there to look at it and even Schuylkill County District Attorney Christine Holman. He said they all promise to do something about it, but nothing gets done.
Sowers said he was out to the property and he couldn’t prove Leidich’s accusations by looking at the outside and felt there was no need to get a warrant to enter the building.
It was during a discussion on property maintenance when Michael Renninger said District Justice David Rossi said council has the say as to how property maintenance issues and quality of life stuff is handled in the borough.
Fasnacht spoke up and said, “that’s a lie, that’s not true, that’s a lie.” Renninger turned around and said, ‘yeah and you’re an idiot.” At which point Fasnacht responded, “Well this idiot can kick your ass, let’s go Mike, let’s go, I’ll kick your ass.”
This caused Chief Conway to yell and jump up from his seat and told Fasnacht to leave the building. Fasnacht said he’s not going unless Renninger is going. Chief Conway said he’s going too. When he got Fasnacht removed, he came back in and motioned for Renninger to leave, which he did with no further words spoken.
Councilwoman Paulette Yuschock suggested that the property maintenance committee sit down with Sowers and determine what he is to handle for the borough and how to handle it.
Solicitor’s Report
In other business, Borough Solicitor Melissa Kelso asked council to review the resolution and ordinance regarding street openings and retainers. An amendment has been added that if the work is not completed within one year, no refund will be given. The previous ordinance had no time restraints. Council agreed to advertise the proposed changes.
Public Utility and Streets
Council approved the purchase of stop sign decals and two or three new signs not to exceed $400.
Ashes will be picked up in the borough twice a week (Mondays and Thursdays) beginning Monday, Oct. 24. Leaves will also be picked up if they are bagged.
Property
Council approved Kim Groff’s Cleaning to perform the annual floor refinishing in the Clay Street Borough Building.
Council will renegotiate a five-year term lease with the magisterial justice contingent upon insurance. The lease expires in December.
Mayor’s Report
Mayor Roger Adams reminds pet owners that they must clean up after their pets. He said there was dog dirt laying on the sidewalk at the borough office. He said dogs must be on a leash at all times and must be curbed.
New Business
Trick-or-Treat night in the borough will be October 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Ricky Nye is offering a Narcan training to any borough official that is interested. The two hour class will include watching a CPR friendly video, discussions and public access to Narcan. The second hour of the class borough officials such as the mayor, and police can be training on how to administer the inter-nasal not the injected Narcan. Yuschock said this is part of the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force. She said the District Attorney decides which municipalities to offer it to.

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