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Port Vue officer resigns

| Thursday, March 7, 2013, 3:07 a.m.

Port Vue has said so long to one of its police officers and is gaining a new face in the department.

Council on Wednesday accepted the resignation of long-time police officer Mark Langford.

Chief Bryan Myers said Langford decided to leave his part-time position with the borough as his availability has become too limited since he has picked up hours elsewhere.

“He was an excellent officer for us,” Myers said. “He was a gentleman, he handled himself professionally no matter what the case was and we're going to miss him.”

Council president Mark Tortorice added, “Officer Langford is a great guy and he has been an asset to the borough during his time here and we would like to thank him for his service and wish him well.”

In light of Langford's resignation, council voted to hire Jason Paul Bethlehem as a part-time officer.

Council also approved:

• The contract with Nemeth Contracting to construct a roof over the borough's salt bin at a cost not to exceed $5,200.

• Advertising for bids on paving projects for Romine Avenue, Woodland Avenue and at the Port Vue Athletic Association facilities.

• Advertising for a part-time street department employee and summer help for the street department.

• Advertising the sale of a 2008 Ford Explorer in as-is condition. Myers said the light bar on top of the former police vehicle by law will have to be removed if it is not purchased by a police agency.

The planning commission is changing its meeting time to 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month to accommodate some of its members.

Spring cleanup is slated for April 20-21, with bins available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Our effort this year is going to be focused on asking people to please clean up around their garbage cans,” Councilman Frank Cortazzo said. “If everyone made an effort to do that it would make a big difference in our borough.”

Mayor Brien Hranics announced that Port Vue will be joining with other neighboring boroughs in an aluminum can drive during April to benefit Cans for Kids. Cans will be cashed in with all proceeds going to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh's Forever Fund, which is used to aid the families of out-of-town patients who encounter unexpected expenses, Hranics explained.

The annual rabies clinic for dogs and cats will be May 4 from 1-4 p.m. at the borough garage. Cost is $7 per shot, per animal, with a limited number of rabies-distemper combination shots available for $20.

Hranics said vaccinating pets is for the safety of all residents and added a reminder that all dogs are supposed to be licensed.

The borough's free breakfast and lunch program will return this summer, June 10 to Aug. 9, with breakfast being served from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for residents 18 and younger.

Rickie Davis is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at

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