New recycling director hired
In other business, City Council unanimously authorized hiring a new city recycling director, despite the hiring freeze it imposed in May.
The mayor announced that Michael Conway, who has served as deputy to the city’s recycling director, is being promoted to recycling director.
In early May, council passed a freeze on new hires for all city departments except police, fire and EMS -- unless it approved filling other openings, which is exactly what it did Tuesday night.
The city will save money two ways by promoting Conway. He will be paid less than his predecessor. And his position as deputy director will not be filled. That job paid $58,690 a year.
Conway will earn $62,415 a year. The annual salary of Thomas Marshall, who retired as recycling director in late May, was $76,787.
Conway was one of 20 applicants to replace Marshall.
“This was a sensible thing to do,” said council member Karen Dolan. “I’m glad he came through the interview process well. I wish him luck.”
Callahan said he doesn’t know Conway, but heard a lot of good things about him and believes he will do a good job as director.
He added: “The fact that is saves us a substantial of money for the rest of the year is a good thing.”
Park name not changing
During the meeting, Dolan said it has been brought to her attention that the city’s legal department was considering renaming Bethlehem’s Monocacy Park.
Her concern was that the name would be changed to Illick’s Mill Park.
She said some people do call it Illick’s Mill Park, but it was named Monocacy Park when developed by the WPA in 1935.
“The name ‘Monocacy Park’ is literally written in stone at the entrance,” said Dolan. “I’m here to advocate strongly for the actual name of the park.”
The mayor and City Solicitor William Leeson said there are no plans to change the name of the park.
“This is the first I’ve heard of it,” said Donchez.
Said Leeson: “The legal department has proposed to no one changing in the name of the park. There has been no proposal to change names or change the generic reference to Monocacy Park or even the formal name.
“No such proposal was made and I welcome the opportunity to correct the record.”
Dolan said she was happy to hear the name is not changing.
Public reading of Declaration
Carroll announced that a public reading of the Declaration of Independence will begin at 11 a.m. Friday – Independence Day – outside City Hall.
Donchez and DiLuzio will be among the officials reading the declaration in the hour-long program.