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Norvelt EMS officials report operations improving

| Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Norvelt EMS Ambulance Service members appeared before the Mt. Pleasant Township Board of Supervisors Monday to report on the health of the organization.

“With our change in leadership things are greatly improving. Our average response time is under three minutes and our finances are stable,” said Chief Josh Janos. “We are in better shape than we have been in for the last 10 years.”

Janos informed supervisors the annual fund drive is currently under way. Janos said the organization usually raises 20 percent of its annual income from the drive. The organization is asking for a $20 donation from individuals and $30 for families. Janos said the money raised is used for supplies and equipment for the ambulances.

“I want to thank the community for the support we have received so far,” Janos said.

During the meeting supervisors approved an annual donation of $5,000 to the Mt. Pleasant Township Emergency Services Association. The donation is in addition to the $100,000 the supervisors gave to the fire departments earlier this year.

“All three of us supervisors are asking our residents to please donate to our volunteer fire companies and our emergency medical services,” said Supervisor Jack Rutkowski.

Supervisors donated $250 to the Triangle Meals on Wheels. Chairman Frank Puskar said supervisors donate to the organization each year.

“It helps our elderly residents in the township who may not be able to get out regularly,” Puskar said.

In other business, supervisors granted final approval for three subdivisions including: The Kimmel Plan No. 6 located on Carpentertown-Hecla Road aka Boyer Road; the Wadsworth plan located on Route 31 and the Sillaman Plan of lots located off of Kromer Road and Calumet-Mammoth Park Road. They approved a private road agreement with May Jane Sillaman providing access for Lot No. 1 to the Calumet-Mammoth Park Road.

The board approved the annual salary increase for laborers as per the labor agreement dated April 16, 2012.

Linda Harkcom is a freelance writer.

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