Boy Scout's hydrant-painting project continues in Irwin
Irwin Council has agreed to allow a Boy Scout to continue a project to refurbish fire hydrants that another Scout in his troop started in May.
Jared Harkins, who is a member of Boy Scout Troop 252, received the go-ahead from council to repaint hydrants in the business district for his Eagle Scout project.
Ryan Elder initiated the project at the suggestion of the borough's public-works director, who thought the faded and peeling paint on the hydrants might make them difficult to spot at night or in when visibility is poor.
Elder initially planned to follow the Irwin fire department's recommendation that the hydrants be repainted a highly reflective chartreuse or “slime green” color that increasingly is being used for public-safety equipment, but officials with the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County, which owns the hydrants, nixed that idea because they want to keep the color of its roughly 9,000 hydrants in the county consistent. They are red.
Council last month voted unanimously to accept the resignation of John Fonzo from the borough's civil service commission, effective immediately.
Officials indicated that Fonzo has been too busy to devote sufficient time to the commission.
In a separate vote, council voted 6-0 with one abstention to appoint Tim Watson to fill the remainder of Fonzo's six-year term, which runs through December 2016.
Watson's wife, Councilwoman Peggie Watson, abstained from voting.
Code book online
The borough's code book, which has undergone a yearlong comprehensive revision, now can be viewed online.
Council members have reviewed additions, deletions and changes to the regulations that govern how the borough conducts business and still must vote on an ordinance to finalize the document, according to the borough manager.
Council approved spending $1,939 for the borough to fulfill its legal requirement that it advertise that the revisions have been made, according to Solicitor Todd Turin.
The code book can be viewed at http://bit.ly/1lcAqUm.
Tony LaRussa is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2360, or at email@example.com.
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