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Scottdale borough hall gets a break on electricity

| Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, 10:09 p.m.

Michael Dandrea, Keytex Energy Senior vice president of sales, on Tuesday presented Scottdale Borough Council a set price for electricity usage for the borough building.

The borough presently has a contract with the company that will last until June 2013 with a set rate of 6.4 cents per kilowatt hour. The new contract will extend for an additional 36 months.

The new rate will begin in June. It will be 6.23 cents per kilowatt hour and is a guaranteed rate for the contract period.

“We won't have to worry about a spike in prices,” said borough Manager Angelo Pallone.

Council agreed to the contract and will hear a similar proposal next month from the company regarding the electric contract for the street lights, which is separate.

Councilman Jack Davis said plans are in the works for the new building that will house the borough's salt. He is presently looking at building options which he will present to council soon.

“Our goal is to get the salt shed done in May or June,” Pallone said, ”We'd like to get it done as soon as possible.”

Davis said that an electrician was brought in to look at the wiring in the borough building.

“We've gone through three power packs in about a year, with two going in the last week,” Pallone said.

“It seemed cheaper to just pay an electrician then to keep buying power packs,” Davis said.

Council previously had voted to pay the Westmoreland County Transit Authority $981 for a year's usage fee,but since the fee is higher than in previous years, council requested a ridership number.

Pallone reported that 4,088 passengers had used the bus system from the Scottdale area from June 2011 to July 2012.

“That comes to about 23.9 cents per trip per person,” Pallone said. “A lot of our senior citizens don't drive anymore and this makes it easier for them to get out. People are using the bus.”

Council discussed the free parking in December that is usually offered. Davis said he had heard concerns that the free parking was not necessarily being used by shoppers. He said he heard non-shoppers were taking up the allotted spaces.

“What we are trying to do actually creates a mess and I cannot support the motion at this time,” Davis said.

The motion passed. The borough will offer free parking from Nov. 23 through Jan. 2.

“People thank us for the free parking,” Mayor Chuck King said. “I have received a lot of good feedback over the years.”

In his mayor's report, King offered to donate his mayor salary and also spearhead a fundraising drive to generate $33,000 needed to purchase a new police vehicle for the borough.

“If it's okay, and with the borough's blessing, I would like to solicit funds,” King said. “I'd like to start with a spaghetti dinner.”

Council President Andy Pinskey was thrilled with King's offer.

“I think it's very good that you are thinking outside the box,” Pinskey said of King's offer and the council members who offered to help. “Our budget is tight and getting tighter and this is for the good of the borough.”

King discussed the cancellation of the borough's Halloween parade this year.

“I discussed it with the borough manager and with regrets, we cancelled the Halloween parade,” King said. “We were looking forward to it but we cancelled due to extreme weather and the unknown.”

Residents are reminded that bagged leaves will be picked up through the weekend after Thanksgiving. Residents are to place the leaves in front of their residences for pickup.

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

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