SHAMOKIN - In an hour-long executive session behind closed doors and a two-hour workshop meeting Wednesday, Shamokin City Council discussed several items which will be voted over the next two Mondays.

Among the highlights, Robert M. Slaby is in as the new city clerk, while police chief Edward Griffiths, the 99 steps and possibly Club Echo are out.

Following the meeting, Mayor Bill Milbrand reported negotiations and discussions were held in the executive session and that Slaby, 62, the former mayor of Kulpmont, had accepted the position.

"We are expecting to formally approve the hiring at a special meeting of council Monday night," Milbrand said.

The city voted Monday to offer the position to Slaby, but he expressed misgivings about the $35,000 salary, saying the range of the salary discussed was $45,000 to $65,000.

During the workshop, board member David Kinder thanked the mayor and council for their honest deliberations and thanked Edward Zack for stepping in as clerk after the resignation of Steve Bartos in February.

Also during Wednesday's executive session, Griffiths was called in to discuss his pending resignation with mayor and city council and provided a copy of his letter to The News-Item.

"I am writing this letter to inform you that I am planning to retire from the City of Shamokin Police Department," Griffith's letter read. "My last day of work will be April 30, 2014. I thank you for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Shamokin for the past 22 years. I am willing to assist in anyway in the training of my replacement."

"Well, I'm done," Griffiths said as the left the mayor's office, but said that he would assist the new chief with the transition.

Milbrand said during the workshop that Griffith's resignation will be accepted Monday evening.

Recreation projects discussed

During her report, parks and buildings committee chair Barbara Moyer discussed a number of issues, including a meeting with officers of the Shamokin Youth Basketball League (SYBL) about the use of the Americal Legion Building.

Moyer also brought up a plan to amend the fee schedule for season passes at the Lawton W. Shroyer Memorial Swimming Pool, which would change season passes for June and July and charge a flat rate for August, the least attended month.

Moyer also asked solicitor Frank J. Konopka to look into changing the times in Shamokin's playground ordinance to 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. from April to October and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from November to March.

City council also discussed the future of Club Echo, the underage club that opened in the basement of the American Legion-public library building in Shamokin earlier this year.

Club management posted to the business's Facebook page on Feb. 8 that "Club Echo will be closed until the city of Shamokin replies to any of our concerns."

Milbrand asked Konopka to looked over the three-year lease agreement agreed to between the city and a management firm owned by Eric Brightbill. The agreement would earn the city $69,000 in rent, according to the contract, and require Brightbill to pay all utility costs.

Community development Lynn Dixson gave council recommendations to forfeit grant money for the 99 Steps restoration project, and cut down Phase II of the Claude Kehler Park remodeling project from $250,000 to $150,000 with a matching $150,000 grant coming in CDBG Money from previous years.