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Chestnut Ridge fire company installs security cameras

| Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Recent events have led members of the Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Department to install cameras overlooking the fire hall parking lot, President Bob Fry reported at the monthly meeting of the Cook Township Supervisors.

Fry said people have been pulling into the parking lot at night, drinking beer, then tossing empty bottles, cans, cases and food bags out onto the property.

He also noted the fire company and the Cook Township Community Center were both unable to use designated dumpsters, finding them full with public garbage that he says should not be placed in these receptacles.

Additionally, Fry said drivers have pulled into the municipal building parking lots to spinout, making donut-shaped skid marks on the pavement. Fry commented that this has been ongoing, though some cars have been identified and the parties reported. He said the cameras would be positioned to view the entire parking area of the municipal buildings in an attempt to identify more of these joy riders.

In other news:

• Fry reported that in spite of losing a day and a half to weather, the fire company raised approximately $19,000 from the annual Stahlstown Firemen's Fair, after expenses were calculated.

• Seal coating of township roads will begin Sept. 3 and will run until Sept. 4, weather permitting. Supervisor Richard Umbaugh said he had hoped to be finished with the project already, but the recent weather conditions prevented the work. “We're a month behind,” Umbaugh commented. “I wanted it done before school began, but it didn't work out. Mother Nature didn't cooperate.”

• The Cook Township Community Center Car Show is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 25. Registration is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost id $7 for car entries and $10 for vendors. For more information, call Jim Roadman at 724-771-5436.

The next meeting of the Cook Township Supervisors is 4 p.m. Sept. 4, at the Cook Township Municipal Building, located at 1716 Route 711, in Stahlstown.

Peter Turcik is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.