Fred J. Feltenberger
Laureldale Mayor Fred Feltenberger said he's angry that borough police officers are ignoring his order to collect more information from people they encounter on patrol.
As punishment, Feltenberger
ordered police to stop issuing parking or traffic citations during September.
"If they don't do the work, they don't get the reward," Feltenberger
said of the four full-time and four part-time officers.
That work, Feltenberger
explained, was his
order to stop people on the street, ask their identity and what they are doing in the borough, then fill out contact cards on the people they question.
It was unclear why Feltenberger
considers issuing parking and traffic citations a reward.
said a school crossing guard and a few residents got wind of the prohibition on parking and traffic citations and complained.
"I did tell them no citations," Feltenberger
never told police not to the enforce speed limits and other laws in school zones.
"God bless the guy who speeds in a school zone," Feltenberger
"We'll hammer the heck out of him."
, who in February praised the work being done by police officers, complained that the officers have refused to embrace his
order to collect more information on people they encounter.
also complained that some patrolmen are lazy.
"They sit in the 3000 block of Montrose (Avenue) texting," Feltenberger
"One guy had $300 in text messages."
At a February council meeting, Feltenberger
said a stepped-up presence and enforcement had caused drivers to slow down, particularly near school zones.
said the force handed out 206 citations in January for speeding and other violations.
also stressed that council had nothing to do with his
"This was totally at my discretion," he