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Delmont police, fire officials look to build bond

| Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 6:15 p.m.

The Delmont police department and fire department are planning to create a better bond with each other as fire Chief Logan Clark joins the emergency- services team.

Delmont officials met with the new chief at last week's council meeting. Delmont Mayor Gill Sanchez said he is optimistic about improved communication between the two departments.

“We're going to try to keep our lines of communication open more than they've been in the past,” Sanchez said.

“I am looking forward to the fact that we're going to build a better bond.”

Clark has been in the emergency-services field for 13 years. He currently works full time in Penn Township.

He said the fire department plans to have an open house in July and is working on putting together a CPR class that would be conducted in mid-July.

“I think, going forward, it's going to be a really good partnership between the borough fire department and the police department,” Sanchez said.

Circle Drive

Delmont officials discussed issues surrounding a parking situation on Circle Drive last week, as residents' vehicles sometimes block the passage for emergency vehicles.

Although the street is not currently designated as a no-parking zone, council President Jim Bortz suggested citations be given out for people who illegally park on a street.

“If I parked on Route 66, I'm going to get a ticket. There's no signs that say I can't park there,” Bortz said.

Police Chief T.J. Klobucar said he has spoken with the residents and explained the hazards of access being obstructed on the street.

He said he told residents that the next time police came around, illegally parked vehicles would receive a citation or be towed if not moved quickly.

Officials said the police department will continue to monitor the situation.

If it doesn't improve, officials said, council will revisit the issue and possibly adopt an ordinance to mark that street with a “no parking” sign.

Delmont council recommended Kirk E. Nolan for appointment as the new municipal emergency-management coordinator last week.

Nolan is a retired state trooper and works part time as a police officer in the borough.

Nolan has passed the required background check and has the certifications that are necessary to fulfill the duties of this position. The official appointment of Nolan to this position will be done by the governor after his office receives the paperwork of the recommendation from council, borough Solicitor Dan Hewitt said.

Infrastructure support

Delmont officials last week adopted a resolution to support statewide funding of transportation infrastructure.

The resolution urges state officials to set aside an adequate amount of money in the budget to prepare for any infrastructure issues that could arise this next year.

“We're going to have an infrastructure crisis just like we had a debt crisis. It's all going to come due at the same time,” Hewitt said.

“This is the local communities saying to our elected officials and the governor, ‘Let's get together, play ball, get this worked out, get a plan in place not after the fact but before the fact.'”

Matthew DeFusco is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-871-2311 or mdefusco@tribweb.com.

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