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Head start for Kittanning council newcomers nixed

| Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, 1:26 a.m.

KITTANNING — During Monday's council meeting — just a week after two newcomers were elected to serve four-year terms on council — Councilman Richard “Dick” Reedy attempted to give them a head start in their new jobs. But he received no support for the measure.

According to the unofficial election results, David Croyle garnered enough votes to serve the four-year term for the 1st Ward seat. In the 2nd Ward race, Randy Cloak beat incumbent and current council President Chris Schiano.

It is yet to be determined whether Councilwoman Betsy Wilt will serve a two-year term for the 1st Ward. The unofficial tally shows she has just a three-vote lead for the term over Croyle.

On Monday, Reedy moved to allow Cloak and Croyle to attend — as observers only — all council meetings, including committee meetings and borough employee contract negotiations, for the remainder of the year.

The motion failed for lack of a second.

Council's finance committee plans to meet in the next few weeks to prepare the preliminary 2014 budget. Council will vote on the budget during a special meeting in council chambers at 7 p.m. Dec. 30.

In other business:

• Council received health insurance renewal information for borough employees from Jim Milliron ofESS Insurance, who recommended two options under a UPMC health plan.

•He told council that UPMC has changed the guidelines for 2014 which will allow for a more competitive rate that will save the borough money and which will provide coverage for retirees. All community hospitals, including ACMH Hospital, will be within the UPMC network, said Milliron.

• He noted, however, that the proposed health plans will not include coverage within the Allegheny Health Care System.

• At council's request, Milliron plans to attend upcoming borough employee contract negotiation meetings to further discuss the plans.

• Walter Smail, Armstrong County's Industrial Development project manager, said fundraising efforts for the Downtown Revitalization project are still underway.

• Of the remaining $370,000 to $400,000 needed to complete the $2.3 million project, $20,000 has been raised in recent weeks.

• Smail said there will be an information booth detailing the project during the town's Light-up Night Nov. 22. He said he hopes that enough donations come in before the end of the year to meet the remaining costs.

• The next Crime Watch Meeting will be held in council chambers on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.

• There will be no garbage collection Nov. 28 and Dec. 2.

Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or bbeatty@tribweb.com.

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