Road crew down to one full-time worker
By Chris Foreman
Published: Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, 8:56 p.m.
Thanks to a resignation and an injury, the Trafford road crew heads into plowing season with only one employee and an as-needed helper.
Borough council last week accepted the resignation — which takes effect on Dec. 31 — of full-time public-works employee David Bell. With public-works employee Jerry “Boo Boo” Dorsey on leave for at least two months, that leaves department foreman Bill Sadler as the lone full-time road crew until council hires a replacement for Bell and a temporary, part-time worker to cover Dorsey's hours.
Last week, council voted to hire Mike Seice of Penn Township to help Sadler with snow-removal on a temporary basis.
Seice will be paid $30 an hour. Councilman Henry Schultz said an independent contractor had quoted a price of $75 an hour for snow removal.
In previous winters, Councilman Marco Bortoluzzi would pitch in to help clear roads, but Bortoluzzi resigned from council late last year.
Though Trafford Council last week passed a balanced budget without a tax-rate increase, borough engineer Don Glenn estimated the borough could run an $85,000 deficit if it completes all of the sewer repairs required under a consent order next year.
Last week, Glenn said council might have to pass a quarterly sewage rate increase of between $1 and $2 per 1,000 gallons of water to help fund the repairs. The base charge now is $68.46 per quarter.
Council President Rich Laird said he and council members Henry Schultz and Casey Shoub would meet with Glenn in January to review the recommended projects.
Council members decided last week to continue the existing hours and salary for a part-time code enforcement officer instead of making cuts.
The finance committee initially recommended trimming the position's hours to 20 and pay to $20 per hour, but Mayor Rey Peduzzi and Councilman Frank Bruno opposed the idea. Council will keep the hours at 30 and pay at $23 per hour.
Peduzzi, who personally filed a complaint with a magistrate because of roach infestation at a First Street Home, said he thought the borough would go backward by scaling back on the position.
“Small boroughs like ours need good code enforcement,” he said.
Council is advertising for the position for the third time in the past year.
Council approved paying Errol Abdulla $43,750 to wipe out its debt on the construction of a Cavitt Avenue parking lot near the Fifth Street intersection. Abdulla built the lot on borough-owned land that he was leasing from Trafford. Council is using proceeds from a bond to cover the payment.
Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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