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Delmont police officer Henderson retires

| Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Delmont Council approved the resignation of police officer Jim Henderson last week “with regret” as he retires after many years of service to Delmont.

“You're a real friend and a real neighbor to Delmont Borough,” council President Jim Bortz said to Henderson.

“He is truly our mentor,” said police Chief T.J. Klobucar. “He fit well with the community.”

Two new officers have been approved to join the police department.

Senior project

Greensburg Salem High School senior Dace Defrances last week asked council for permission to proceed with his senior project to help clean the parklet on Greensburg Street, which has received little maintenance attention over the years.

Defrances said he also wants to add five or six more garbage cans to that area.

Council approved Defrances' idea and expressed their appreciation for his taking an interest in keeping the community clean and beautiful.

Bryan Harhai, owner of The New Team Kunkles auto dealership, will help fund and supervise the project.

No more odor complaints

Delmont officials were excited to announce that the odor problem caused by the bad sewage pump has been resolved, and there have been no recent complaints about odor.

The Salem pump station, which has caused a disturbing odor to Delmont residents on Monticello Drive for years, will be replaced entirely as soon as fiscal and engineering details have been worked out.

Borough engineers used a chemical treatment to successfully rid the pump station of the smell in the meantime.

New holiday banners

The holiday banners that line the streets of Delmont in December have seen better days.

Purchased by residents and local businesses over 12 years ago, the banners are tearing at the seams and beyond repair, Mayor Gill Sanchez said last month.

“We're at the point now where a lot of these banners have ripped and frayed and have gotten into such bad shape,” he said.

Sanchez is asking residents for suggestions on how to replace some of the 48 banners, which can cost about $80 per banner.

Matthew DeFusco is a reporter with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-871-2311 or

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