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Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 8:05 p.m.

Irwin Council hopes to find a new top administrator for the borough's police department.

Council plans to find applicants to become the full-time police chief by advertising in newspapers and trade publications, following a 5-1 vote. Council president John Cassandro dissented. Councilman Bob Wayman was absent.

Cassandro declined to discuss his reasons for dissenting.

“This is a matter that we need to continue discussing in an executive session,” he said.

The position has been vacant since January, when council terminated former chief Joe Pocsatko.

During that time, Officer Dan Wensel as the department's officer in charge, covering the chief's administrative duties, council Ppresident John Cassandro said.

Wensel said he does not know if he will apply for the position.

Officials did not set a timeline to hire for the position, but could begin interviewing within the next several months.

Council has not discussed a salary for the new police chief, Cassandro said. Pocsatko received an annual salary of $44,994.

In other news…

Irwin Council awarded its summer road paving and resurfacing project to Oakmont-based A. Folino Construction, which was the lowest of four bidders, at $194,346.

The program will address seven roads — Pennsylvania Avenue, Fifth Street, Walnut Street, 10th Street Extension, Western Alley, Iroquois Street and drainage on Oak Street.

Officials pared the list down from 14 roads to meet its $200,000 resurfacing budget, engineer Lucien Bove said.

“I'm pretty confident we will be able to keep the project within the borough's budget,” Bove said.

Public works superintendent Jim Halfhill said he is unsure of exactly when A. Folino Construction will begin the project, but expects work to begin within the next two months.

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626, or

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