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Jefferson Hills rounds out police force

| Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Jefferson Hills has a complete police roster, after the hiring of a new officer Monday night.

Borough council approved hiring Ryan Pokorny, of Jefferson Hills, as a police officer with a salary of $46,080.

Pokorny has worked as a police officer for eight years, he said. He joins the Jefferson Hills police after working in the boroughs of Turtle Creek and Ingram.

Council members welcomed Pokorny to the position.

“Hopefully you'll have a long career in your home community,” said Christopher King, council president.

Last month when borough council hired Corey Brunetti as a police officer, Chief Gene Roach said the department would seek one more officer.

Pokorny's addition brings the department total to 18, with 16 on active duty.

The following items were voted on at the Monday's Jefferson Hills council meeting:

• Andrew McCreery, borough finance director, will serve as temporary borough manager while Doug Arndt takes a leave of absence. Arndt, who was hired as the borough manager in 2008, is taking an indefinite leave for personal matters, McCreery said. The absence is not expected to be permanent, though.

• There will be a public hearing at 6 p.m. April 3 at the municipal building for the conditional-use application for the construction of the borough's public works facility.

Constructing the 2,200-square-foot facility will cost $3.5 million, said Tom Lovell, public-works director. It will include space for public works equipment, offices, lunch and locker rooms and storage.

A salt-storage shed also will be on the property, Lovell said.

• Borough council awarded the 2013 resurfacing program to Youngblood Paving for $374,927. Roads included in the program are Alice and Decker avenues; Third Street; and Wray Large Road, from state Route 51 to state Route 885, Lovell said.

• Council granted approval for Spencer Graves, of Boy Scout Troop 210, to move forward with his Eagle Scout project, which includes constructing a sitting garden in front of the municipal building.

The project is expected to begin in the spring or early summer, Graves said.

Laura Van Wert is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5814 or at lvanwert@tribweb.com.

• Jefferson Hills is seeking a $125,000 grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, or DCNR, for the refurbishment of Beedle Park.

The grant, if received, will go toward renovating the park's ball field, said Allen Cohen, borough planner and zoning officer. That project will cost around $250,000, a higher estimate than originally planned, so the construction of a pavilion will be pushed to a later phase.

This renovation is the first of the six-phase $3.5 million Beedle Park face lift. Plans include constructing a new multi-purpose field, addressing drainage and parking issues and relocating access for the 125-acre park, Cohen said.

Jefferson Hills received a $100,000 grant from the DCNR in November 2012.

The park's face lift is part of the borough's comprehensive parks and recreation plan, and will most likely take around 10 years to complete, Cohen said.

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