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North Belle Vernon police contract found, approved

NORTH BELLE VERNON — There is no longer a missing police contract in North Belle Vernon borough.

At a meeting Tuesday, council approved the contract, which will expire June 30, 2013.

"It was my fault," said Councilman Brett Berish, chairman of public safety. "It was a miscommunication. We got it all taken care of tonight.

"I thought we had it and we didn't."

Mayor Ed Lyons, who oversees the police department, said some small alterations were made to the agreement that was approved Tuesday.

"The changes are to everyone's satisfaction, and everyone's signed off on it," Lyons said. "No harm, no foul."

The contract approved Tuesday actually went into effect July 1, 2009.

"It was agreed upon but never brought to council for approval," Lyons said. "It was like we had the ball on the five yard line and didn't push it in for the touchdown."

In another police matter, Solicitor Mark Ramsier said a police car damaged in a traffic accident will be repaired.

Glatfelter Insurance, the borough's insurance provider, initially said it would declare the vehicle as a loss.

Lyons said that after discussing and researching the matter with police Chief James Bedsworth, it was determined the vehicle was worth more than the replacement settlement amount.

Ramsier said Glatfelter will issue a check for $6,405.96 to cover repairs to the vehicle.

"I have to thank JT's Auto for getting us to the bare bones minimum prices," Lyons said. "He went over the car from top to bottom. It's going to be like a new car when we get it back in a few weeks."

Council President Dennis Simboli said the car was damaged while borough police were providing assistance to state police on Interstate 70. The borough cruiser was hit by a passing tractor-trailer.

Council agreed to hire Brian Elliot as a part-time police officer at the rate of $11 per hour.

In other business, council approved a payment of $1,480 to the Police Pension Fund.

The payment was needed after an audit found that amount was owed from 2007 - because of late filings and interest.

Parks and recreation Chairwoman Betty Shine-Hill said the Easter Egg Hunt will take place 11 a.m. April 7 at Graham Street Park. In case of bad weather, the event will take place 11 a.m. April 9.

Simboli said the park might not reopen for the season until the end of March because of the installation of a new Dairy Queen sign near Interstate 70 off ramp.

"There's a large hole back there where they poured two truckloads of concrete," Simboli said.

"I think that once that concrete cures, I think we'll be able to come up with something that we can open that up for the walking path."

Shine-Hill said approximately $1,000 more is needed to reach the bid amount for security cameras for the park.

Anyone wishing to donate can do so by going to First Federal Savings Bank in Rostraver Township, near Burger King.

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