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Adam Named Police Chief in Pennsburg
Written by Jennifer Frieze, Correspondent

            At Tuesday night's Pennsburg Council meeting, officials voted to approve a contract and named Joseph Adam as police chief.  Adams had been serving as acting chief since former Police Chief Michael Devlin left the department in 2018.

            Chief Adam said, "It has been 25 months of negotiations.

Joe Adam is sworn in as Upper Perk Police Chief by 

District Justice Maureen Coggins.  Holding the bible is

Zachary and Brayden with wife Emilie looking on.

It's a relief."  Details of the newly approved contract will be available for public review at a later date.

            East Greenville and Pennsburg were partners in the Upper Perk Police District until June of 2017. After announcing their withdrawal from the partnership, East Greenville formed its own police department.

            At that time, the contract between the Upper Perk Police Commission, comprised of the mayors and two borough council members, was still in effect. The police officers previous contract, a four year agreement, ran out at the end of 2017.

            During an executive session on Tuesday evening, pending litigation was discussed, but no decisions were made.

            In other news, former Council member and current Civil Service Commission member Fred Schutte, Jr. addressed the Borough Council during public comment. He thanked the Council for their support and condolences when his business partner passed on and that he appreciated their thoughtfulness.

            Schutte resides on Penn Street in Pennsburg.  He has lived there for 11 years and it serves as his residence and business location. He informed the officials that his work vehicle was recently cited for a parking violation on a borough street due to the length of his trailer.

            He is requesting that the Council revisit ordinances relating to trailers and trucks parked on borough streets. He suggested different parking ordinances for various zones in the borough.

            Schutte informed officials that his neighbors with larger vehicles park along the same street and that there has never been an issue.  He said, "All the neighbors on my street are mindful of not blocking the street, obstructing traffic or school buses."

            Council member Bob Seville motioned that the Council look over the ordinances and expand on the discussion at a future meeting. Seville assured Schutte that the Council will look into the situation and address the issue.





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