Vandergrift Council moves to allow police retirements

| Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, 7:47 a.m.

Several Vandergrift police officers might retire in the next few months.

Council on Monday night amended the police pension fund to allow three officers to retire in the near future.

Policemen must have attained age 50 and have 20 years of service with the department to be eligible to retire.

Two officers and Chief Joseph Caporali would be eligible under the amended plan.

No deadline for the officers to accept a retirement package has been determined.

In another law enforcement related move, council accepted Patrick Riley's resignation as full-time school crossing guard.

He will be replaced by Janet Snyder, who will be promoted from part-time duty.

The position pays $300 per month with half the cost provided by the Kiski Area School District.

Kimberly Shirley and Stacie Rimmel were hired as part-time crossing guards.

Council is expected to discuss next year's budget Monday at the borough building.

• Borough Secretary Stephen Delle Donne and assistant Secretary Melissa Holmes will be the grand marshals of this year's Vandergrift Light-up Night parade.

Julie Martin, of the Vandergrift Improvement Program, said the parade, food sale and other activities related to the event are set for Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving.

Candy will not be thrown from vehicles this year. Officials are concerned about young people running out on the street to get candy while other parade vehicles are approaching. Elves along the curb will distribute candy.

• Council agreed to a one-year pact with Hoffman Kennels for animal control.

George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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