Briney assumes Oakmont council post
OAKMONT — Thomas J. Briney was sworn in Monday night as the newest member of Borough Council.
He will serve the rest of former Councilwoman Kitty Vagley's term, which ends Jan. 7, 2014.
Borough Manager Lisa Cooper Jensen said Vagley was recently married and expects to move out of the borough before the end of her term.
Council President Timothy Milberger said the borough received much interest in the open position with seven people applying.
“It was a wonderful thing,” Milberger said.
Briney has served on the Oakmont Planning Commission for 26 years, 16 of which as chairman.
Briney also served on the Oakmont Library Board for five years.
Running track concerns
Oakmont officials are concerned about damages to the new running track in Riverview Park.
Tom Bland of the recreation board addressed these damages via an email sent to council saying he'd been told of some “amazing occurrences.”
According to information Bland's received, some of these occurrences include people pushing wheelchairs around the track, as well as using electric scooters and even motorcycles on it.
Bland also stated in his email that the company that built the more-than-$100,000 track is based in Syracuse, N.Y., which makes repairs difficult and likely to cost thousands of dollars.
Bland urged council to consider taking security precautions, such as installing a camera with a feed to the police station, which he estimated could cost as much as $8,000.
Apparently, the incidents have been happening despite police efforts to secure the park.
“The police have been a big help locking up the park,” Borough Manager Lisa Cooper Jensen said.
Police Chief David DiSanti said the police department would try to increase its security around the park.
Delinquent property tax
Pennsylvania Municipal Service Co. will serve as the borough's delinquent real estate tax collector.
Keystone Collections took over from Pennsylvania Municipal Service Co. as the borough's real estate tax collector this year.
However, council agreed Monday to have PMSC serve as the delinquent tax collector for the 2011 real estate taxes the borough is still owed.
Sarah Kovash is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media. Comments regarding this story may be sent to email@example.com.
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