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Coaldale police officer leaves to become a trooper

Published March 13. 2019 01:32PM

Coaldale Borough Council announced Tuesday night that a veteran police officer is leaving to become a state trooper.

At the monthly meeting, council members accepted a resignation letter from Patrolman Charles Blesse, who started with the department in 2006 and became a full-time officer in 2008.

His last day was March 9.

Council read out Blesse’s letter of resignation as part of the monthly police report.

Blesse thanked Chief Keith Krapf, his fellow officers, and Coaldale residents for the impact they had during his tenure.

He said Krapf was a mentor and like family.

“Without your guidance and training I would not be the police officer I am today,” he wrote.

Krapf also thanked Blesse for his service in his written report.

“Officer Blesse has been a huge asset to our department, borough and residents and I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors with the Pennsylvania State Police,” Krapf wrote.

Council did not take any action to fill the position at Tuesday’s meeting. The department now has three full-time officers including Krapf.

Other matters

In other business:

• Council President Angela Krapf said a collections agency hired by the borough, PortnoffLaw Associates, has collected over $63,000 in unpaid garbage bills from property owners since June 2017.

Krapf said that at one point, the borough had over $100,000 in unpaid garbage bills. Portnoff also collects unpaid sewage transmission fees.

• The board accepted a bid for one property on the repository list, located at the intersection of Ruddle and Seventh streets and rejected another bid for a property on West Early Avenue.

• Council agreed to give $300 to the American Legion Post 170 for flag brackets.

• Councilwoman Claire Remington said the borough needs seasonal workers who are at least 18 because the work requires using power tools.

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