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Ellicker resigns as Trafford emergency coordinator

| Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Citing “irreconcilable differences” with several council members, Brian Ellicker resigned last week as Trafford's emergency management coordinator but he said he still is running for a council seat this fall.

A retired municipal police officer, Ellicker, 59, didn't single out any particular council member in his resignation letter before turning it in to Council President Rich Laird and leaving the July 16 council meeting.

Ellicker, who served as coordinator for four years, won a Republican nomination for council in May. In November, voters will elect four people to serve four-year terms and one person to serve a two-year term.

Councilwoman Rita Windsor thanked Ellicker for his work for the borough.

“He's quite efficient and very dedicated to Trafford, and we'll miss him,” she said.

Council members briefly discussed their options for a replacement — who must be appointed by Gov. Tom Corbett — before designating fire Chief Brian Lindbloom as the acting director.

Parking lots

Paving of the new parking lots on Fourth Street and Cavitt Avenue for the Manchester Room is on hold until retaining walls are built near both lots.

Last week, council voted unanimously to seek proposals costing up to $18,500 for each wall. That figure represents the minimum amount for which a municipality must advertise for bids.

For anything between $10,000 and $18,500, municipalities are required to collect at least three price quotes.

Borough engineer Don Glenn didn't specify a cost for either wall but said the borough could split the work into two contracts because there might be different materials used for each.

Fire audit

Lindbloom said the borough firefighters hope that the department's first insurance-services audit in 18 years will lead to a decrease in insurance costs for homeowners and businesses.

The audit, which was scheduled for Wednesday, would review the department's equipment, training and certifications, record-keeping and response to calls, Lindbloom said.

“Knock on wood, if we get a higher rating, your insurance rates should go down,” he said.

School drill

All of Trafford's police officers will participate in an Aug. 8 drill at the joint Trafford elementary-middle school to familiarize themselves with the building in case of an emergency, Mayor Rey Peduzzi said.

The borough has a couple of new part-time officers who haven't been in the building before, Peduzzi said.

“If there ever is an incident, we all want our people to know where everything is,” he said.

The drill is part of a series of trainings borough police will have at the school. Police also are planning to collaborate with school officials on training for an active-shooter scenario, Peduzzi said.

Storm pipe

Borough officials are seeking price quotes to install about 215 feet of storm pipe and a catch basin at the end of Edgewood Avenue near First Street.

A steep slope at the end of Edgewood has contributed to flooding issues on the property of a First Street resident, Ken Meyer, who has gone to the past two council meetings to ask for relief. Glenn said the slope is along a right-of-way that the borough partly owns.

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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