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Dormont hires full-time engineer

| Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Dormont Council has hired a full-time engineer, a move borough manager Jeff Naftal said can save up to $200,000 annually over contracting the work.

Council voted unanimously on Monday to hire Wayne McVicar, 57, formerly of Manahakin, N.J., as engineer at a salary of $72,000 annually. He starts work on Feb. 18.

His duties will include designing streets, stormwater systems and other infrastructure improvements, and working with the planning commission to review development proposals, McVicar said.

“I've been looking to relocate out of New Jersey, and Dormont just happened to be looking,” said McVicar, who is licensed in both states but has practiced mostly in New Jersey for the past 20 years. “When I visited the site, I liked the borough. My meeting with the borough manager went well. I felt he'd be a good individual to work with on a daily basis.”

Engineering services have been contracted to Gateway Engineering.

Council increased the starting salary for the job from a budgeted $70,000 after seeing the salaries and experience of applicants.

Council also approved spending $1,449 to computerize tax collection records and $35,475 for a computer system to track employees' hours, overtime and vacation time. It ratified guidelines for handling, track and report finances.

“We used to just go by however things were done in the last year. ... We're awful sloppy right now,”said council President Willard McCartney.

Dormont granted No. 1 Cochran auto dealership a permit to convert its former used-car lot at West Liberty and Biltmore to a public parking lot, part of a land swap with Dormont.

When the lot is converted, Dormont will give Cochran its lot at West Liberty and McFarland, on which it will build a showroom. When that's done, Cochran will give the borough a lot on the other side of West Liberty and Biltmore. It will be used for parking and possibly redevelopment at the nearby light-rail station.

Matthew Santoni is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5625 or msantoni@tribweb.com.

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