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Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 1:45 p.m.

Dunbar Council adopted an amendment to the borough's burning ordinance to include recreational campfires.

The amendment allows such recreational campfires to take place every day of the week if the fires are fueled only by dry firewood; smoke is kept to a minimum; fires are no greater than 3 feet in diameter and flame no higher than 3 feet; fire is supervised at all times; and extinguishing equipment such as a water hose or bucket are nearby.

All recreational fires should be totally extinguished and not smoldering when unattended.

Council said the only change to the existing ordinance will be the inclusion of recreational campfires; nothing about the current burning days and rules will change.

Councilman John Maddas voting against the motion.

In other business, council:

• Voted to hire a new part-time police officer for the borough. Joshua Osche will receive $20 an hour for a maximum of 20 hours a week for a 60-day probationary period. He joins the borough's two other part-time officers and one full-time officer.

• Heard from Tony Tristani with the Dunbar Borough Township Sewage Authority about the authority's plan to refinance a $4 million loan for its sewage project. By going with a different investor with lower interest rates, the authority would be able to save more than $300,000 during the next 30 years.

Tristani said nothing will change with the borough's or township's obligations, noting if the authority defaults on the loan, both municipalities pay on the unpaid percentage of the loan. He added that while the refinance will save the authority money, customers won't see a rate decrease or increase.

A meeting will be scheduled with the potential investors, the borough and the township to learn more.

• Asked residents to attend a public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday in Dunbar Presbyterian Church concerning the Postal Service's findings about the Dunbar Post Office.

• Reminded residents that it's illegal to shovel snow on the roadways.

• Voted to install a “Truck Route” sign at the bottom of Highland Avenue to keep trucks from becoming stuck on York Street.

• Voted to allow two old-fashioned jail cells found during the renovations of the borough police station to be used by the Dunbar Borough Historical Society as a display for visitors to have their pictures taken behind bars. If council wants the jail cells back, they can do so with a majority vote.

Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or

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