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Laurel Mountain Borough selects primary fire responder

| Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, 9:02 p.m.

Laurel Mountain Borough selected Ligonier Township Volunteer Fire Department at its primary fire responder and approved a payment of $1023.36 to the department at the January meeting last week for its share of the department's health insurance premiums.

The total included $500 for unpaid years through 2011, $125.38 for 2012, and $397.98 for the 2013 year. This rate increased from the previous rate of $100 a year.

The council had been discussing the issue since the September meeting. When it received the amount from the fire company, it decided to pay the total in full, admitting they were lucky to only owe $500 in delinquent payments.

“I think we should pay it all now, get it done,” said council president Joseph Griffith Jr. “We have the money, it's not a big sum, and it shows good faith on our part.”

In other news:

The council is waiting for an invoice for work done by Somerset Borough to clear a blocked culvert. Griffith said the bill would be necessary when the borough plans to seek payment for damages to the culvert made by People's Gas.

“If we at least have the amount, we can say this is what it cost to repair it, and that we also wasted time, and money, and effort,” Griffith said.

Griffith also said they need to have this information so that the borough can act quickly, so that the statute of limitations does not run out, leaving them unable to seek the money for damages.

“We have to be diligent with the gas company,” Griffith said. “We can't wait a year and say, ‘Hey, you guys screwed this up. Pay us for it.' I'd hate to be accused of trying to waste time so that they don't get the chance to come over and investigate the culvert in its true condition.”

Laurel Mountain Borough's next meeting is 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Laughlintown Community Center.

Peter Turcik is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.