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December 03, 2016
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Police department is focus of new borough council

The council went on to approve purchase of two traffic signal light generators at a cost of $450 apiece, to ensure that signal lights remain functional during power failures. It also approved a 2014 Tax Anticipation Notice resolution that will permit a $200,000 bridge loan from The Dime Bank at an interest rate of 1.59% for payment of borough expenditures until tax revenues are received. And it took the next step in the process to change the one-way traffic pattern on Church and Main streets back to a two-way traffic pattern. That step is to notify Ed Coar, director of the Wayne County Planning Department, that the borough wishes to change the existing traffic pattern.

It was clear that Langendoerfer and newly elected councilpersons Carolyn J. Lorent, Kominski and Canfield are dedicated to addressing what they consider to be deficiencies in Honesdale Police Department management. In the hope of jump-starting the long ongoing police negotiation process, Canfield proposed a meeting of all interested parties. Later, explosive anger erupted from Sergeant Ron Kominski’s supporters, who brought to public attention the fact that Kominski, cleared by his doctors to return from workmen’s compensation medical leave to light duty work on January 2, was informed by Southerton that there is no light duty work for police officers. Kominski has been out of work since January 2. Canfield proposed that Kominski man the desk in the police department’s Main Street office until he is cleared to return to full duty. Councilperson Scott J. Smith concurred that a desk job would meet the borough’s definition of “light duty” work.