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West Mifflin adds full-time recreation director to staff

| Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, 3:31 a.m.

West Mifflin council has named Anthony DiCenzo as full-time recreation director.

Council on Tuesday approved DiCenzo's annual salary of $38,000 and benefits that are due a Class 1 employee as defined in the borough's personnel manual.

“We're trying to become more active with recreation,” borough manager Brian Kamauf said.

DiCenzo's predecessor Steve Keron primarily was a coordinator for three annual events — Community Day, Light Up Night and the Halloween parade.

Kamauf said Keron still will have a role aiding DiCenzo.

Keron said a Community Day meeting is scheduled for Thursday with Century III Mall officials and representatives of Keymarket's Froggy radio stations.

The annual event was moved to the mall last year when Century III got new owners. Keymarket's three country music FM stations helped promote the day-long celebration.

The borough still is trying to absorb one aspect of recreation that was approved last month by council — the shift of leases for the four Camden Fields near Mifflin Estates from West Mifflin Girls Softball Association to the West Mifflin Baseball League and its affiliated West Mifflin Youth Softball League.

Solicitor Phil DiLucente said a contract will include Act 33 and Act 34 clearances for league coaches and officials and a $1 million insurance policy.

DiLucente said the borough will be held harmless under the policy. He said the leagues will ban smoking tobacco but will allow smokeless tobacco.

“It is baseball, after all,” he said.

As another insurance policy of sorts, council approved a lease extension with Whitaker borough for the use of its ball field, in case it is needed for overflow from leagues in West Mifflin.

Council approved a million-dollar bond for borough tax collector Richard Allen.

Council switched cellphone providers from Sprint to Verizon for department heads and emergency use in the borough park. Council president Michael Moses said no penalty is involved in the switch and the borough will save $300 per month.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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