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Scottdale cat-trapping contract still not finalized

| Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Scottdale Borough Council does not yet have a contract with Hoffman Kennels concerning the trapping of cats in the borough.

While they are under contract with Hoffman Kennels for dogs, Borough Manager Angelo Pallone said the business has an issue with some verbiage in the contract that would include the trapping of cats.

“Council approved the contract with Hoffman's with the language that the only cats that Hoffman's are to trap are those that are distressed, ill or a nuisance,” Pallone said. “I was told that they (Hoffman's) questioned who would be the person to determine whether a cat was distressed, ill or a nuisance.”

A representative with the Friends from Homeless Felines was at the meeting Monday night and Pallone asked her if some borough representatives could meet with the group to see if they might be able to work with the kennel to determine the status of a cat prior to the trapping.

Friends of Homeless Felines is a volunteer organization who practices the trap, neuter and release system.

“I did tell them that we are trying to give Friends of Homeless Felines first chance,” Pallone said.

Councilman Bud Santimyer suggested the group even consider submitting a bid to trap cats themselves since no contract was ratified with Hoffman Kennels.

Councilman Jack Davis said his first priority is for the safety of borough residents and added he gets more calls from residents complaining about nuisance cats than he does from residents who want to see the cats treated and released.

In other business, members of council awarded Roger Suter and Sons, with the low bid of $35,000, the opportunity to repair the borough's salt shed as long as the bid is in order.

Leaf collection will be held Thursdays and Fridays throughout the borough from Oct. 14 to Nov. 22. All of the bags are to be tied and set out in front of people's property.

The Halloween parade, sponsored by the Scottdale Volunteer Fire Department, will be held Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. with the line-up scheduled for 6:30. Trick or treat in the borough is scheduled for Oct. 27 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Members of council also approved a local share assessment agreement with Westmoreland Transit at a cost of $1,030 that will come out of the 2014 budget. This is a 5-percent increase from this year.

Members of council also agreed to redesignate funds from the paving program that were to be used on Fountain Mills Road to an area on Church Street from South Broadway to South Chestnut Street.

Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer.