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North Irwin could tax fire department's amusements

| Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

North Irwin Council plans to meet with North Irwin volunteer firefighters to discuss a proposed tax on amusement machines housed at the fire hall.

Council member Gina Sonnik at Monday's meeting suggested a public meeting be set up between the two parties.

“With a public meeting we can all get together with the affected businesses so that we're all on the same page,” Sonnik said. “The intent is to sit down and talk about (the tax) and say ‘hey, maybe we need it' or ‘hey, maybe we don't.'”

No date has been set yet for the meeting.

Bridge closure

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation closed the Fourth Street Bridge on July 13 indefinitely.

Borough secretary Adele Nehas said PennDOT closed the bridge due to “structural insufficiency.”

EMC positions

Council voted to fill two emergency management positions.

Kyle Bryan, a Millerstown University graduate with a degree in occupational safety and health, was appointed as emergency management director.

Thomas Harrison, who spent 20 years as North Irwin's fire chief, was appointed as assistant emergency management director.

Councilman John McIntyre suggested hiring both applicants because the position is a lot of work.

“Let them both work together,” McIntyre said. “Don't discourage someone from volunteering their time to the borough. Plus the job is demanding.”

Community day

The Recreation Organization of North Irwin scheduled a community day from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2, at North Irwin Park.

Attractions will include a bounce house and obstacle course, games and prizes, food, and face painting.

Proceeds will support the Recreation Organization of North Irwin.

Christy Walters is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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