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Temporary Plum public works supervisor hired to replace Taylor

| Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 7:15 p.m.

Plum's public works department has a new supervisor for at least the next few months.

Borough council last week hired Joseph Fischetti, 42, of Plum.

Fischetti, who started the job Monday, has been tabbed for the position for 90 days.

He replaces Carl Taylor, who stepped down after a little more than a month after being promoted to buildings and grounds supervisor.

Taylor's annual salary was set at $60,000.

Carl Taylor resigned as director, said Councilman Keith Nowalk, personnel committee chairman, who added that Taylor “wants to go back to being a laborer.”

Manager Michael Thomas declined to disclose the reason for Taylor's resignation.

Fischetti, who said he has an accounting business, worked from 1989 through 1997 for Allegheny County in both the public works and parks and recreation department.

Nowalk said Fischetti, who will receive the salary set for Taylor for the next three months, might be considered for a full-time position.

Fischetti, who will not receive benefits, said he is interested in a permanent position.

“I liked what I did for the county,” Fischetti said.

Also, Nowalk said council expects next month to hire a new technology director.

Josh Harp, the borough's technology director since 2009, left the job in February.

Thomas and assistant manager Greg Bachy have been tending to the borough's technology operation since Harp's departure.

One-way road designation

Council also approved an ordinance designating School Road a one-way road beginning Aug. 1.

Plum School District officials asked the borough to restrict traffic to one way entering from Old Leechburg Road toward Center New Texas Road to accommodate increased bus and car traffic on School Road with students from Adlai Stevenson Elementary attending the former Pivik Elementary.

The new Pivik Elementary is located on the opposite side of School Road.

New phone system

Council also approved a five-year lease agreement with Third Generation, a communications company, for the acquisition of a new phone system for the borough building, new public works facility and senior community center at a cost of $29,640.

The agreement with Third Generation prevents the borough from spending what had been an estimated $30,000 on a phone system for the new public works facility, officials said.

The monthly phone payment is estimated to decrease from $2,400 a month to $1,600 a month, Thomas said.

EMS subscription drive

Plum Emergency Medical Service deputy director Bob Moran said the annual subscription drive has netted about a 30 percent return.

Officials sent out 12,340 solicitation letters (to businesses and residents) and received back 3,403 paid subscriptions, Moran said.

An annual subscription for ambulance service costs $40.

Moran plans to send out a second round of 8,900 letters in an attempt to boost the subscription rate.

Councilman Michael Dell, finance committee chairman, asked Moran to keep council updated on the subscription drive numbers.

Dell said if the subscription rate doesn't increase, council may consider “taking action to help.”

Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8753, or

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