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New Eagle secretarial post still open

| Wednesday, July 3, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Despite two attempts, New Eagle Council failed Tuesday night to hire a new secretary for 2014.

Linda Hall, who has been the township secretary for 33 years, is retiring at the end of the year.

Borough leaders interviewed 10 candidates, council president Jack Fine said. He said all were good candidates.

Georeen Busch was nominated during Tuesday's council meeting for an appointment as a part-time assistant secretary for the bulk of 2013. The goal was to train the assistant secretary so to take over as borough secretary in January. But the nomination was defeated 3-2 with Fine and councilmen Bill Sherry and Charles Wyandt voting no.

Vicky Shurgott was nominated next, but the vote was again defeated 3-2 with Sherry, Barry Williams and Archie Caseber voting no.

Fine asked for further nominations to no avail.

In other news, the board approved a seismic testing agreement with Geokinetics. The agreement was reached after review by solicitor Tim Berggren and includes bonding borough roads for $100,000 and inclusion of a $1 million insurance policy.

Council also approved an agreement with PennDOT for snow removal on state roadways. The borough will receive $8,449.84 during the 2013-14 winter. That is an increase of $157.58 over the 2012-13 winter season. Council also learned that PennDOT recently paid the borough an additional $1,155.99 for extra snow removal costs for 2012-13.

Mayor Glenn Petticord said the borough has experienced some modest residential home growth for three years.

He said the borough is cracking down on blighted properties and as a result, residents are doing a better job of taking care of properties.

Council agreed to cite the owners of 10 unkempt properties where the borough has been cutting grass.

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or cbuckley@tribweb.com.

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