Aston Approves Police Chief's Contract David Hollingsworth Will Be On Probation For Six Months. Some Commissioners Wanted A Year.

Posted: May 19, 1995

ASTON — The township Board of Commissioners has voted, 4-3, to approve the new police chief's contract, with the length of the probation period being one of the sticky issues.

The board voted in March to appoint David Hollingsworth, 48, of Boothwyn, as chief. He joined the force in 1979, and had served as a sergeant since 1984.

Voting Wednesday night to approve the contract were President Jacqueline DiGiacomo, a Republican, and Democratic Commissioners Randall Sampson, George Davis and Ed Kulesa. Republican Commissioners Lewis Fisher, who heads the police committee; James McGinn; and William Welsh cast the dissenting votes.

After the meeting, Welsh and McGinn said they believed the probation period should be a year rather than six months. McGinn also said the chief should be required to move into the township within a year, not within a year after the probation period.

The contract calls for a base salary of $55,000 and longevity and educational credits, bringing the total close to $64,000, according to Township Secretary Richard Lehr.

In other business, the board awarded a $168,507.50 contract to A.F. Damon Co. of Upland for the 1995 road program.

The board also approved ordinances dealing with everything from animal care to prohibiting the sale of butane canisters to minors and limiting the idling of diesel engines to 15 minutes in a residential area.

One of the ordinances set criteria for the care, protection, health and sanitation of dogs being housed and sold at retail pet stores and kennels. Another extends the township's "pooper scooper" law to include the private property of another.

Resident Lucian Niemeyer criticized the number of ordinances the township adopts and questioned how they are enforced. He also outlined a list of grievances in the First Ward, including zoning and the need for clean-up in various areas.

Also, Larry Sweeney of Morgan Road complained about the installation of a T-ball field in Weir Park, saying it has a negative impact on neighboring homes.

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