Shields Farm is not for commercial dumping, Delmont officials say
By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Delmont officials want residents to know that Shields Farm is not a public dumping ground.
While a portion of the borough-owned property is used for dumping of brush and debris, contractors and commercial trucks are not permitted to dump debris or garbage in the park area.
“It's used as a borough dump site, and if a resident has some tree branches, that's OK,” public-works employee Bill Heaps said. “But not contractors. That's not OK.”
A Salem resident who lives near the park reported seeing trucks dumping bags of waste at the farm, which is the site of the annual Apple 'N Arts Festival and Christmas at Salem Crossroads. Delmont Council Vice President Randy Cupps said residents who do want to dump brush at the farm should call the borough.
“If you see a commercial vehicle, call the police,” Cupps said. “If you live in Delmont and just want to get rid of some branches, just let us know first.”
Council plans to investigate why the borough's gas bill was so high in during the first three months of 2013. Officials paid about $2,000 in January, just below $2,000 in February and about $3,800 in March, Finance committee member Andrew Shissler said. The bill is for the borough building only.
“March was cold, but was it that cold?” Shissler said. “We won't need to run the boiler again until October or November, so now is the time to look into it.”
Shissler planned to compare 2013 and 2012 bills and contact the gas company, if necessary.
In addition to its offices, the borough building houses the Delmont Public Library, an accountant, other offices and a preschool.
Borough seeking EMS coordinator
Delmont Council is seeking a new emergency management coordinator.
Former coordinator Dan Musgrove stepped down recently, Mayor Gill Sanchez said. The position is a volunteer spot and is put into action only in an emergency that requires the borough's emergency-management plan to be enacted.
“We're looking for a volunteer; you just have to pass a criminal background check,” Sanchez said.
Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627.
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.
- Freeze-thaw cycle wreaks havoc on Murrysville-area roads, cars
- State agency gives Murrysville sanitary authority more time to fix line
- No contamination reported after small spill at Beaver Run Reservoir