Beechey hired to lead recreation in Crafton
Jamie Beechey is learning the ins and outs of Crafton, both from reading the borough's ordinances and in a more literal fashion.
“(I'm) really trying to familiarize myself with the city infrastructure and the streets — and not get lost,” Beechey said. “It's very nicely laid out, but I'm just not familiar with it yet.”
As director of borough services, Beechey will oversee recreation and public works. She comes into the job at a critical juncture for borough recreation.
Crafton Borough Council this month agreed to submit a parks and recreation plan to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for final approval. The plan calls for $7 million worth of improvements to the borough's parks and pool in the next decade.
Beechey will work with the recreation board and council's recreation committee to determine priorities and how to fund them, as well as begin implementation of the plan.
It's possible not all parts of the plan will be implemented, said Beechey, who oversaw more than $1 million worth of recreation renovations in her previous job as director of leisure services in Titusville, Crawford County.
“I think you look at it like if you ever go to someplace like Ruth's Chris Steak House, and you have an a la carte menu,” she said. “There are things in that that would be really ideal if the money came to be, but not necessarily priority for day-to-day. So it's really breaking down those costs and figuring out what we want to live with, what we can live with and then figuring out how we get the money to do that.”
Beechey also will oversee the public works department and make sure workers are on track with maintenance and repair projects, manager Bob Callen said. The Slippery Rock graduate has 24 years of experience in recreation.
“Jamie brings a lot of experience in recreation and park development, and in that context, she also has experience working with the public works crew,” Callen said.
Beechy was selected out of 10 people interviewed for the job, Callen said.
Borough council voted unanimously on Jan. 23 to appoint Annette Lherbier as treasurer, effective Feb. 1, at a salary of $3,000. Council members Joseph Hayes, David O'Brien and Mary Stacy were absent.
Lherbier replaces longtime treasurer Nevin Perkey, who died in November at the age of 89.
As treasurer, Lherbier will be responsible for reconciling the borough's bank statements and monitoring expenses, as well as signing checks. The Crafton resident is an accountant and works at Matthew L. Stevans CPA Firm on Noble Avenue.
Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-8527 or email@example.com.
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