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Council, fire department, EMS in Carnegie can't come to terms on lease

| Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Carnegie Borough Council voted Monday to again table a motion that would recognize the Carnegie Volunteer Fire and Rescue Bureau as the official fire company of the borough.

The issue remains contentious because of Emergency Management Services occupying space in the fire department without paying rent.

In May, it was agreed that emergency service officials would come back to council in 30 days with lease terms that would fit both the fire company and EMS. Those terms have yet to be provided, though council members said talks between attorneys for the two entities were ongoing.

In related business, council continued to approve payment of the fire company's mortgage with the rest of the July bill list. Council had been split in previous months on paying the mortgage for the same reason: EMS is based in the building without paying rent. In May, all council members voted yes in light of the 30-day lease agreement deadline.

In June, when no agreement was forthcoming, Councilman Bob Veres changed his vote back to “no,” though council voted 5-1 to pay the mortgage anyway. The same held true at Monday's meeting, with council voting 5-1 to pay the month's bills – including the fire department's mortgage. Veres cast the dissenting vote.

Harbin settlement

In other business, council voted to provide retired police chief Jeffrey Harbin with a $5,000 settlement.

Council President Rick D'Loss explained that Harbin had accumulated more than 100 unused sick days in his 21 years as chief, which Harbin thought were worth a certain monetary value. Council found them to be a different monetary value.

Because Harbin had not been under contract, there was no clear agreement relating to the value of unused sick days. Council voted 5-1 to award the settlement, with Veres voting “no.”

Borough notes

Council also voted on the following:

• To permit the Carlynton Soccer Association to use the upper and lower fields, concession stand and restrooms at Carnegie Park during its community soccer league from Sept. 7 through Oct. 27.

• To approve payments of $120,703 and $4,600 to Soli Construction for 2012 sanitary sewer repair contracts.

• To advertise a special council meeting at 6 p.m. July 29 to discuss the adoption of the Carnegie Borough-ALCOSAN feasibility study. All municipalities must adopt a sewer plan to comply with state mandates regarding sanitary issues. The borough's plan will be presented to the public at this time.

• To permit closing part of School Street at Broadway Street from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 13 for an event sponsored by the Solid Rock Foundation Ministries of Pittsburgh.

• To permit closing 3rd Avenue to Second Street from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 15 for the Jazz on 3rd music event.

Free bowling

Mayor Jack Kobistek noted that there will be a Carnegie Community Day at Noble Manor Lanes on Noblestown Road on Aug. 10. With proof of residency, Carnegie residents can receive one hour of free bowling, including shoe rental, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

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