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Manor Council allocates funds to pay for background checks for all coaches

| Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 8:33 p.m.

Manor Council has set aside a maximum of $750 to pay for a criminal-background check and a child-abuse clearance for T-ball coaches, recreation board members and summer employees who work on youth recreation programs.

Council's move on March 6 follows a decision by the Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission in January to require background checks and child-abuse clearances for its instructors for children's classes.

Council President Chuck Konkus said the board's action shows that council is doing everything possible to protect children in Manor. The rec board recently sponsored signups for a T-ball season that starts on April 27.

Council voted 5-0, with Christine Marchand and Brian Woy absent.

“I think you can't be too careful,” Konkus said.

The rec board required background checks for head coaches last year but not for assistant coaches, officials said.

With nine teams expected to play this season, council members estimated 27 coaches will be working with children.

“If you're a coach, I don't see why you shouldn't get it done,” said Councilman Bruce Hartman, a recreation board member.

Council also authorized solicitor John Campfield to draft a policy on background checks for those who work on recreation programs for children.

‘No' to resolution

Westmoreland County Commissioner Ted Kopas, a Democrat, wrote to council asking for its support for a transportation-funding solution in the state, but council rejected the proposal 5-0.

In January, the three county commissioners unanimously passed a resolution endorsing efforts to increase funding for transportation and encouraging Gov. Tom Corbett and legislators “to work together on a long-term solution.”

But Konkus and other borough officials said they interpreted the resolution as approval for Corbett's plan to lift the cap on the wholesale tax on gas stations. Critics say the tax increase will be passed on to drivers.

“I'm absolutely disgraced with what our Republican governor, Tom Corbett, is doing,” said Konkus, a Republican.

Paving program

Council is advertising for bids to pave Mt. Pleasant Boulevard, Lora Drive and a portion of Rowe Road this summer.

Engineer Ed Antonacci estimates a paving project would cost around $172,000.

The borough has about $170,000 available in its budget for paving and could use another $7,423 from drilling-impact fees received from the state.

Sewage project

The borough will pay Lawyers Abstract Co. $850 to complete a title search on 17 properties involved in a $3 million sewage project.

Construction will begin later this year on a project to separate and replace sewer and stormwater lines in the borough.

Campfield recommended the borough hire the Greensburg firm, which he said would perform the work for $50 per property in preparation for negotiations to obtain easements for the project.

Salt purchase

After averaging 464 tons of road salt per winter season since 2000, council decided to order 400 tons for next winter through a state-negotiated contract.

Manager Joe Lapia said the borough would be required to take at least 240 tons, but wouldn't be permitted to buy more than 520 tons. The borough had about 150 tons on hand, as of last week.

The price will be determined after all municipalities submit their orders.

New lights

Council agreed to pay $1,894 to Scott Electric for new electrical ballasts and light bulbs for the community room, library and a portion of the administration offices.

Scott employees Konkus and Jeff Herman abstained on the vote.

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or cforeman@tribweb.com.

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