Still no deal between Carnegie, Volunteer Fire Department
By Megan Guza
Published: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
An ordinance that would recognize the Carnegie Volunteer Fire and Rescue Bureau as the official fire company of Carnegie was tabled once again at the borough council's regular voting meeting Monday.
The motion to adopt the ordinance has been up for a vote at council meetings throughout the summer, but has been tabled each time due to a lack of complete agreement between the borough and the fire company.
Councilman Mike Sarsfield said while the motion would continue to be tabled this month, the borough and department are “closer than ever.”
“We're just that close,” he said. “Talks now are better than ever.”
Council president Rick D'Loss said the language of the ordinance is done, but there are financial issues that remain unsettled.
D'Loss said at one point during the summer, negotiations between the borough and the department seemed to stall out, and council put forth its own ordinance — something that upset the firefighters and emergency responders.
“That seemed to bring them back to the table,” he said.
Remaining issues include items such as who owns the fire trucks and how much rent the EMS, which uses the fire department building, should pay in rent.
Another issue includes the department's mortgage, which the borough currently pays. D'Loss said council would like to see the mortgage payment go down.
He said the department also has been requesting a new truck. What council would like to see, he said, is the mortgage refinanced and the money saved be used to buy the truck.
“These are things you can't solve in one day,” he said.
Council voted to accept a bid from Custom Door Systems in the amount of $10,866 to install two handicap accessible door openers at the main entrance of the municipal building. The doors will be operated by a push button system.
The money for the doors comes from a community development block grant.
“These electric doors are long overdue,” D'Loss said.
• The borough also approved the following dates for budget meetings in council chambers: Sept. 30, Oct. 21, Oct. 28 and Nov. 18 (if needed). Meetings begin at 7 p.m.
Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or email@example.com.
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