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By Alice White
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, 8:57 p.m.

When public comments were opened at Tuesday evening's meeting it was

Ligonier Valley High School sophomore Emily Albaugh's presented a proposal to upgrade the town's playground at the Seward Borough Council meeting last week. Albaugh, 15, is pursuing the top award in Girl Scouting known as the Gold Award.

Her proposal includes replacing the old playground equipment, which is sorely needed. The council gave unanimous support for the project.

Albaugh will next present her proposal to the Girl Scout Council for final approval before returning to the borough council in May, 2013 with construction plans. The project is expected finalized by September, 2013. All costs for the project will be secured through donations raised by Albaugh and her support team.

Resident Marion Wakefield and Councilman Mike Kelly will pass out treats at the borough building from 6 - 8 p.m. Oct. 31. Anyone interested in donating treats for the borough's evening are asked to call 814-418-5835 to make arrangements for dropping off treats between now and Halloween.

Mayor Anthony Hajjar reported on the arrival of the borough's new 2012 Dodge Charger police car.

A few problems were encountered on the proposed detailing for the new police car due to the change of shape to the front doors. These issues are being reworked to finalize the appropriate detailing. Motorola will be installing the police radio. Discussion took place to determine if replacement of certain components could be made in order to use the old police camera. If this could not be worked out, a new camera will be purchased. No date has been set to put the new car into service, pending the discussed detailing and installation issues.

In other business:

• Officer Malnofsky reported that for the month of September his force worked 312 34 duty hours. There were 21 traffic citations and seven incidents which included one DUI and a firearms arrest. It was reported that certification for the use of police tazers was held October 16.

• Comments were made about the paving of Indiana Street. The project covered six blocks along Indiana Street. Councilwoman Fran Hajjar expressed her desire to look to the upper end of Seward for the next paving project when future funding can be made available through the U.S. Department of Housing Urban Development.

• An unnamed local resident donated money to purchase 110 specially-printed vinyl no parking and road closed signs for use in lieu of paper printed signs used in the past.

• Councilman Phillip Penrose presented for discussion parking/traffic ordinances which were individually reviewed. Council made a motion and agreed to advertise two of the ordinances; one for handicap parking and the other for no parking on sidewalks. Both violations will include fines and will be finalized at next month's meeting.

• Solicitor Scott Mears Sr. announced that he is working on a letter to the insurance company for the community center. If it is determined that a settlement cannot be negotiated then he will file a complaint in the Court of Common Pleas for civil action.

• Councilwoman Fran Hajjar announced that Seward will host next year's community-wide Memorial Day celebration.

• Councilman Phillip Penrose announced that the community center has now received its license for games of chance.

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