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Whitaker mandates seat belt use

| Thursday, June 13, 2013, 3:31 a.m.

Whitaker officials unanimously adopted a seat belt policy at Wednesday night's meeting requiring all borough employees to buckle up.

“Having a policy is good,” council president Mike Bogesdorfer said. “Our employees will respect it.”

Borough secretary Jean Warren said the policy is required by Penn Prime, the borough's workers' compensation insurance carrier. She said it applies to all employees except firefighters because they have a different insurance provider.

According to a draft of the policy, occupants shall use seat belts in employer owned, leased or rented vehicles whenever such vehicles are in use and in personal vehicles when used for official entity business.

Seat belt systems in all vehicles are to be maintained so that they are clean, easily accessible, and in good working order. The lack of a properly functioning seat belt or restraint system in a municipal vehicle shall result in the vehicle being placed out of service.

Council appointed Patricia Meyers to the vacancy board to fill the remainder of the term vacated by Jeffrey Scripp. His term expires at the end of the year.

Council authorized Warren to send a letter to resident Dennis Messick thanking him for the donation of his time and skills in updating the electric service at the ball field restroom.

The borough is advertising for a school crossing guard at the Whitaker Way and Frank Street bus stop. Crossing guards earn $7.25 per hour and work 15-20 hours per week.

Borough Solicitor George Janocsko said he will contact Teamsters Local 205 officials to begin negotiations for a new police contract. The current contract expires at the end of the year.

Whitaker Community Cares will meet on Friday from 6:30-8 p.m. at Whitaker Park to continue organizing Community Day, scheduled for June 29 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Councilman Jack Esken said the borough is a little behind on grass cutting and maintenance, and will hire summer help.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.

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