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Saltsburg gives owners more time to address building violations

| Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, 9:02 p.m.

Saltsburg Borough Council took care of a few odds and ends Tuesday evening in a brief meeting that was rescheduled after the board didn't meet its quorum last week. The board barely met its quorum Tuesday, with only President P.J. Hruska, Vice President Kathy Muir, Dan Zimmerman and Larry Jesko present.

Borough council awarded three extensions to owners of properties that have been cited in violation of the dangerous building ordinance — Barb and Rick Lasher on Market Street, Brenda Thomas on High Street for the demolition of a house that burned down, and a rental property owned by Hruska on Market Street.

“They are making progress,” Muir said after the meeting. “They already have a plan, it's just going to take them a little bit of time to get it finished.”

Council agreed to seek out a company to perform repair work on a portion of Wood Street, from Market to Walnut streets.

Because the cost is not expected to exceed $18,500, council will seek at least three proposals for the project rather than advertise for sealed bids. Liquid fuels funds will be used to cover the expense.

Council agreed to accept the lowest responsible proposal, not to exceed $18,500.

“We've been neglecting a couple of places,” Hruska acknowledged. He pointed out that borough workers have been trying to keep up with repairs to rougher patches of road.

Resignation letters were accepted from three members of the community's Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB) — Michelle Jesko, Larry Jesko and Ed Peffer. At last month's meeting, Chris Stelma's resignation was approved, leaving at least four positions open on the nine-member board. Anyone interested in filling any of those spots can send a letter of interest to the borough building, 320 Point St., P.O. Box 104, Saltsburg, Pa. 15681 or call 724-639-9413.

Barb Lasher lodged a complaint about trouble-making teenagers in the town. She noted a recent incident in which she observed six teens trespassing at the former Altman Feed Mill, which has long been a perceived safety hazard in the community. She watched three of those same teenagers removing the restroom gender signs from the comfort station at the canal park. She immediately reported the incident to the police, but the teens could not be located.

“We have a problem, and it needs to be addressed here in the community,” Lasher said.

In other business, borough council:

• Held an executive session to discuss a possible real estate acquisition;

• Approved two building permits for homes on Market Street — one for roof and window replacement, and the second for emergency roof repairs;

• Agreed to keep the comfort station open on weekends throughout November, with plans to close it after the town's annual holiday light-up night;

• Approved the removal of two trees in the borough by Jeff Hamilton Tree Service, at a cost not to exceed $1,000;

• OK'd the hiring of John Mitaly as a part-time police officer, retroactive to Oct. 1;

• Announced that the borough will hold trick-or-treating 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31, with the parade to follow at 7 p.m. Council also approved a $200 donation to the Saltsburg Volunteer Fire Department to help purchase candy for treat bags handed out at the parade.

Gina DelFavero is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-459-6100, ext. 2915 or gdelfavero@tribweb.com.

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