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Carnegie relents on fire department mortgage

| Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Carnegie Borough Council voted Monday to pay the fire department's mortgage along with the rest of the May 2013 bills.

The mortgage had been a contentious issue, as the Carnegie Emergency Management Service operates in the fire department building but does not pay rent.

Councilman Pat Catena said he previously did not feel good about paying the mortgage for that reason, but the EMS is working with a real estate agent to come up with a rent amount.

Councilman Bob Veres, who had been casting dissenting votes since January, changed his vote to “yes” in light of the new developments.

“I previous voted against the payment because I felt the EMS should pay rent,” he said. “I think we're on the right track to get to that point.”

The EMS, with its new consultant, will have 30 days to come up with lease terms.

Harbin's retirement pushed up

Council President Rick D'Loss said that Carnegie Borough Manager and Police Chief Jeff Harbin will be retiring sooner than expected.

Harbin had been set to retire at the end of the year, but with the sale of his house pending, his retirement will be some time during the summer.

Carnegie Mayor Jack Kobistek also announced that the community's Memorial Day Parade will be held May 26 at 2 p.m. It will follow its usual route, starting at the borough building and continuing down East Main Street to the American Legion Hall.

Other business

In other business, a motion to adopt an ordinace naming the Carnegie Volunteer Fire and Rescue Bureau the official fire company of Carnegie was tabled pending the outcome of the consultations between the department and EMS.

Council also agreed with the recommendation of the planning commission to accept a proposed consolidation of five lots in the borough. They are located at 409 Jane St., and would be consolidated for the purposes of building a small office building. Kobistek said the building will be outside of the central business district and also will generate more tax dollars for the borough.

Code enforcement

Council voted to ratify a phone vote that had been taken April 30 to authorize the demolition of the property at 11 Howard St.

An April fire had gutted the house, and council and borough engineers feared the house was not structurally sound and posed a threat to the community. Council also approved payment of $18,400 to Stewart Contracting for demolition of the structure.

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or mguza@tribweb.com.

Public works

Council unanimously approved the following as part-time seasonal employees for the public works department:

David Dedola, $10/hour

Dennis Lawrence Jr. $9/hour

Jeffrey Stephan Jr. $9/hour

Shane Conley $9/hour

Jordan Oddi $9/hour

Council also granted terminal leave to public works foreman Frank C. Shimatzki effective May 21, with his retirement effective Aug. 9. Temporary full-time employment was approved for Joshua Valentine pending the results of his physical and drug test. He will have the opportunity to become a permanent hire pending Shimatzki's retirement in August.

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