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Springdale sees water plant filter as way to save money

| Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 12:21 a.m.

Springdale hopes to be on the cutting edge of drinking water production with a new type of water plant filter — a move that could ultimately save the borough about $600 weekly in plant costs.

Councilman John Molnar plans to meet with representatives of Roberts Filters to discuss modernizing the filters used in the borough's water plant. New equipment would be necessary, but the new filtration system would save $122 per day in disposing used filters and sediment.

Molnar also plans to set up a meeting with the state Department of Environmental Protection in late November to get approval for the changes.

New chief hired

Council on Tuesday hired Julio Medeiros III as the borough's police chief.

He is set to begin his duties next week.

Medeiros, 47, was given an offer sheet on May 15, shortly before Chief Joe Naviglia retired after 35 years in law enforcement.

Council had hoped the new chief would have been available to start during the summer, but officials said Pennsylvania certification and other paperwork typically takes longer for those coming from out of state.

Salary terms for Medeiros weren't available after Tuesday's council meeting.

Medeiros had been the police chief in Martin, a small town in central South Dakota. He also worked 23 years in law enforcement in Southfield, Rhode Island, a city of 25,000 people.

Council on Tuesday also voted to move up two officers from part-time to full-time status. Which officers to moved up will be determined at a later date.

In other business

• Council President David Finley and Councilman Jason Fry said the deadline has been reached for new borough manager applications.

Fry said the interviewing process will begin soon.

The position has been vacant since Ronald Borczyk took a similar job in Bellevue several months ago.

Finley and Assistant Secretary/Treasurer Mary Wygonik are handling borough manager duties.

• Council hired Up & Running Computer Services of Beaver to set up the borough's new computer operating system.

Up & Running will be paid $13,000 for set up, software subscriptions and creating a backup system for the borough's five computers.

The hiring is contingent upon Up & Running having clearance to work on police computers.

• The borough's priority list for water line replacement and street paving for next summer was established.

The plan includes Porter and Washington streets, Butler Road and Lincoln Avenue, Colfax Street and Roslyn and Elwyn streets. James Street is included and will be done in segments.

Molnar said it's important to do the water line replacement before the streets get fresh pavement, adding that some of the old water lines replaced this past summer date to 1901 and 1908.

Molnar asked that $125,000 be put into the capital improvement budget for next year to pay for the work.

George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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