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By Chris Foreman
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
 

Trafford Council is searching for a new code-enforcement officer — again.

With Spencer Bennett's resignation, council is advertising for applicants to fill the part-time job.

When council hired Bennett in May, his work week was capped at 32 hours. His pay was set at $23 an hour.

In the short term, the borough will continue to lean on Mark Lazzaro, who has done some part-time work for Trafford over the past year after resigning from his full-time role as code officer.

Three code officers have resigned over the past year and half since Brian Lindbloom left the job in January 2012.

B-Y Park sewage

Workers will have to replace 20-foot section of a 4-inch pipe to eliminate sewage overflows at B-Y Park bathrooms, engineer Don Glenn said.

The problem was discovered when a plumber was called to unclog the sewer after an overflow at the park last month.

Glenn said a portion of the existing pipe is out of alignment, which causes solids to clog the line.

“To solve that problem, you need a new line,” Glenn said.

Public-works Director Bill Sadler said his crew would be able to replace the line but not this year.

With the onset of fall, the last pavilion rentals of the year are scheduled for this weekend.

FiOS delay

The effort to expand Verizon's FiOS service into Trafford remains on hold, borough Solicitor Craig Alexander said.

In February, council voted to have Alexander begin negotiations for a cable-franchise agreement with Verizon, but the telecommunications company has been working on some other projects.

“They do not have any plans, at this point, to move forward, but as soon as they do, they'll let me know,” Alexander said.

Thefts from vehicles

Police are advising residents to lock their vehicles because of a rash of thefts of valuables and money over the last couple of weeks.

Capt. Carmen Disso said GPS devices, loose change and a gun are among the items that owners have reported as being taken recently from vehicles.

Police also encourage people who see suspicious activity to call 911 instead of the police-station line because emergency dispatchers will relay incidents immediately to officers who are on patrol in the borough.

2014 community grants

Council has given community groups a three-month extension to apply for a 2014 grant from the borough.

After establishing guidelines for the grants last year, council wanted to give organizations time to submit verification of how they spent the money they received this year, Councilman John Daykon said.

The deadline for that paperwork has been pushed back to Dec. 31. Groups that received borough grants this year must file paperwork explaining how they spent it to be eligible for a 2014 grant, Daykon said.

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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