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By Daveen Rae Kurutz
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.”

Gas-bill investigation

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.

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