Pitcairn seeks buyer for cable TV operations
Pitcairn officials are seeking a buyer for the Pitcairn Community Cable Service.
Borough council voted 6-1 last week to hire Duncan Communications Consulting as a broker for the potential sale of borough-owned cable television service, which is available to all borough residences and businesses. The broker will receive $2,500 for each potential buyer it finds.
“We want to see if there's anyone even interested in the cable,” said council President John Prucnal.
Potential buyers would have to meet a certain criteria in order for the broker to be compensated, said Pitcairn solicitor Craig Alexander.
“There has to be a serious purchaser who has the ability to purchase it,” he said.
Councilman John Bova voted against the contract. He questioned whether a broker was necessary to find a buyer. The contract does not prohibit officials from seeking a buyer independently, officials said.
Police chief retires
Pitcairn police Chief Dennis Hockenberry retired this week after serving nearly four years with the borough.
Council unanimously approved Hockenberry's retirement Monday and appointed Pitcairn police officer Scott Farally as the interim police chief. Farally is being considered as a long-term option, said Public Safety Chairman John Bova.
“The basic thought was, ‘let's give him at least the rest of the year to see how things are going and how it feels,'” Bova said.
Farally is motivated, has personal ties with the community and is familiar with the necessary administrative paperwork, officials said.
“We talked to him (Farally) and the three full-time guys (officers) and got a sense that everyone was on the same page,” Bova said.
Hockenberry on Tuesday declined to comment on his retirement. Farally could not be reached for comment before this edition of the paper went to print.
Pitcairn police arrested a teenage boy last week whom they suspected of burglarizing three homes in upper Pitcairn, said then police Chief Dennis Hockenberry at the May 28 Pitcairn Council meeting.
The burglaries were reported on Sixth and Seventh streets, he said.
The suspect was apprehended in connection with a separate incident and transported to Shuman Juvenile Detention Center, Hockenberry said.
“We put away a kid today who might have done it, who did a lot of them in the past,” he said last week. “Every time he's out, we have a crime wave of burglaries.”
Hockenberry retired earlier this week and newly appointed interim Chief Scott Farally could not be reached for an update.
Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8755, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Even councilman falls victim to burglary ring in Pitcairn
- Gateway teachers reach out to community with family store