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Sharpsburg considers hiring company to remove feral cats

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Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Sharpsburg will look to Brackenridge for managing a problem with feral cats.

After receiving a complaint about a large number of cats in the borough, officials plan to consider hiring Hoffman Kennels to catch the cats and remove them.

The Delmont-based company works with the borough for other animal control problems.

Solicitor Mike Witherel said he can provide an ordinance on cats for the borough to use. While solicitor for Brackenridge, Witherel developed a similar ordinance for that community.

“There's not a problem with this ordinance,” Witherel said. “I spent a lot of time on it with Brackenridge.”

If officials need to, they can adjust the ordinance to be more specific to Sharpsburg, Witherel said.

Council President Karen Pastor said she is unsure what happens with the cats that are removed from the borough.

Flood meeting

Sharpsburg officials plan to hold a public meeting in September on flood insurance issues.

Borough secretary Jan Barbus said new regulations from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are important for residents and business owners to know.

“I would hope many of our town people or businesses would come in,” Barbus said.

Drug take-back day

A prescription drug take-back day is set for Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the borough building.

Unused or expired medication can be dropped off for safe disposal during those hours.

Tom McGee is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513, or

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