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Harrison to pay $180,000 toward $467,000 fire truck

| Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, 12:42 a.m.

The Harrison commissioners on Monday night agreed to chip in $180,000 toward a $467,000 fire truck for the Harrison Hills Fire Department.

The township's money will be added to $280,000 coming from the federal Department of Homeland Security. That's a nondisaster Fire and Safety Protection Grant.

Harrison Hills will use $7,000 of its own funds for add-ons when the 2013 Spartan Pumper is received.

Officials will be unable to sell its current vehicle under federal guidelines. It's unclear what will be done with the truck now in use.

Commissioners Chairman George Conroy praised colleague William Mitchell for his work in getting the federal grant completed.

In other business

• Commissioners offered no comment on the impending sale of the former Heights Elementary School building along Freeport Road.

Reports indicate that the now-empty building might be sold to the Sheetz convenience store chain, based in Altoona.

The school property is zoned residential.

If Sheetz or another business buys the school property, Conroy said, the next move for the buyer would be a meeting with the township's planning commission.

The planning board then would make a recommendation to the commissioners.

• Commissioner Gary Lilly said the demolition of seven buildings has been completed.

Seven demolitions already have been approved for this year, with nine to 14 other buildings on the list if funds are available.

Officials haven't determined which buildings will be razed.

Lilly added that the township hopes to demolish 40 buildings overall “in the next few years.”

• Appointments by commissioners, effective immediately, included:

— Water authority: Richard Korczynski, five-year term.

— Zoning hearing board: Terry Lilly, three-year term.

— Recreation board: Angelo Corso, five-year term.

— Civil service commission: Mark Krumenacker, six-year term replacing R. Thomas Harbison, who didn't seek reappointment.

• Commissioners hope to establish a policy that would compel police officers seeking promotions to positions such as sergeant and chief to hold at least an associate degree.

Officials said they are happy with the officers recently hired under a similar requirement.

Commissioners will seek an opinion on the proposal from Solicitor Charles Means.

George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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