Murrysville Council considers adopting nepotism policy

| Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Murrysville Council is considering a proposed nepotism policy.

Members of an employee's immediate family would be considered for employment on the basis of their qualifications, but may not be hired if that person would have to be supervised or audited by immediate family, according to the proposed policy.

The policy also applies to employees involved in romantic relationships with employees or those being considered for hiring.

In addition, the person may not be hired if other circumstances exist that would place the person in a situation of either an actual conflict of interest or reasonably foreseeable conflict of interest.

The policy stipulates it must be applied when assigning, reassigning, transferring or promoting an employee.

The public has 14 days to review the proposal at the municipal building.

Parking lot expansion approved

Council approved a request to expand the parking lot at Hart Funeral Home during last week's meeting.

Funeral home owner Keith Hart requested in December to construct a second parking lot adjacent to the one on his Lillian Avenue property.

The parking lot addition must have specific lighting standards, an easement for the bioretention area and a storm water maintenance agreement, according to conditions of the agreement. The new lot will have 32 parking spaces.

Warning light replacement

Council plans to replace a flashing warning device on Route 286 near the Sardis Volunteer Fire Company.

Morrison said the device has been broken for several years.

Most of the cost of the replacement would be covered by a state grant awarded to the municipality last year.

The Automated Red Light Enforcement grant will cover $13,000; the remaining $6,500 will come from the 2013 capital reserve fund.

The warning device will be activated when a button is pushed from either inside the municipal building or from inside one department's fire vehicles.

The device is designed to warn passing motorists to slow down or stop for fire vehicles.

Flashing lights will be visible from up to 1,500 feet away.

Nixle notfor the dogs

A Nixle message sent out last week notifying residents of a found dog was a mistake, Morrison said.

The message, which was sent out through the online message service used by police, described a beagle that was taken to Hoffman Kennels, the municipal dog catcher.

The dog did not have a license or a microchip.

However, the message should not have been sent out, Morrison said.

Nixle won't be used for lost/found pets because it would flood the system with several notices.

However, Murrysville police will be notified of any dogs the Delmont-based dog catcher picks up. During discussions about the renewal of Hoffman's contract, staff had recommended using Nixle alerts to notify residents of “found” dogs.

That recommendation was not a part of the final contract adopted earlier this year.

Amanda Dolasinski is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6220 or Staff writer Daveen Rae Kurutz contributed to this report.

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