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Vienna hires two police officers

VIENNA — Saying it has been challenging to find and keep police officers even after increasing their pay this year, Vienna Township trustees approved two new full-time police officers Monday to replace two who are leaving.

Trustees at a special meeting Monday hired Lee Padula and Jarett Pishotti as full-time constables at $20 per hour.

Padula and Pishotti will replace Joshua Ellwood and Christopher Russo, whose resignations were approved by trustees.

Trustee Chairman Phil Pegg said trustees previously increased the pay for police officers from $13.50 to $20 per hour to get staff, but noted many communities are facing difficulties in getting police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technician personnel.

Trustee Robert Root said Russo left Vienna for a position with the Weathersfield Police Department.

Pegg said there are other police departments that pay more money, such as $29 per hour for officers and others that pay less, such as $15 to $17 per hour. “We tried to be somewhere in the middle for what we pay and can afford,” Pegg said.

Officials said the police department has five full-time officers and four part-time officers.

Also for the police department, trustees approved paying Girard $4,100 for a 2014 Chevy Impala police cruiser and $920 to Signwork for lettering on the police car.

Also, trustees named Mark Posey as the new part-time zoning inspector at $600 per month, replacing Pete Pizzulo, who resigned effective Aug. 2.

In other business, trustees at the Aug. 1 meeting:

• Paid Penn Care $3,069 for emergency medical service supplies;

• Paid Alexander Pest Control $925 for mosquito spraying;

• Paid Lawn Care Solutions $910 for mowing and maintenance at the gazebo;

• Paid Airport Auto $886 for road department repairs;

• Hired Alycia Bailes for the fire department at $16 per hour on an as-needed basis;

• Announced the Home Day will be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the gazebo at township center, with a parade at 11 a.m. The last township concert will be 6 p.m. Sunday at the center;

• Rescheduled the next regular trustee meeting to 7 p.m. Sept. 12 due to Labor Day.

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