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Bellefonte promotes part-time officer to full-time status

BELLEFONTE — The Bellefonte Borough Police Department has a new full-time officer.

Sort of.

At Monday night’s meeting, Bellefonte Borough Council unanimously approved moving Macy Neideigh from part-time officer to full-time. The hiring came following the recommendation by police chief Shawn Weaver.

“This is a pretty good opportunity for us to hire someone full-time that has been with us for about a year and a half. She’s worked out real well. I got a lot of positive feedback from the community. (She’s) a very eager officer. I’m pretty proud and pleased to have her,” Weaver told council.

Weaver said that Neideigh’s test scores, coupled with the fact that she’s been a part-time officer in the borough, put her at the top of the list.

There were written and verbal tests given, as well as physical fitness. The physical fitness test was pass/fail, while the other tests were scored.

Neideigh replaces Sgt. Dan Holliday, who recently took a position with Penn State University. Neideigh’s first full-time day will be Monday, Nov. 25.

That opens up a part-time slot in the police department. There were three other candidates who applied for the full-time position. While Weaver had someone in mind for the part-time slot, the name of that person was not released at the meeting.

“We still have an issue to backfill 10-hour shifts with overtime slots,” Weaver explained. “Even with replacing Sgt. Holliday’s position, we still need that part-time position to alleviate the cost of the overtime and to get more patrol hours.”

In other business Monday night, council:

— Announced that there will be free parking in the borough all day on Saturday, Nov. 30 for Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday is one of the biggest retail shopping holidays of the year, held the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Downtown Bellefonte business owners will be participating and have planned some special events for Small Business Saturday. Free parking is designed to help encourage shopping and the support of this community-wide and national celebration.

— Said that the Bellefonte Cruise committee donated $1,500 to the borough for the purchase of bike racks. Council thanked Pat McCool and Sally Houser for the donation. One of the bike racks has already been placed in downtown, according to borough manager Ralph Stewart.

— Announced that the borough is still looking for people to fill roles on the planning and zoning committees. There is also a part-time position with HARB and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

— Said that the annual Summer Craft Beverage Expo would like to hold the event on Sunday, June 21, 2020.

— Announced that there will be a public hearing on the re-zoning of the Waterfront District at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2 in council chambers. That is also the next regularly-scheduled council meeting.

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