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By Rachel Basinger
Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Everson Borough Council heard complaints from some residents over mail delivery since the recent retirement of 30-year Everson postmaster Caroline Hart.

Council President Mike Banaszak said the problem stems from post office employees who are not yet familiar with the borough's residents and their streets and addresses.

“When the mail comes in, it has to be sorted. But the new employee is not yet familiar with the names of the residents, and if mail comes in with no name and just an address, it's taking a long time to get to the resident,” he said.

Banaszak added that there was a replacement Hart trained just before her retirement who was doing well, but after the Postal Service's plan to consolidate and cut costs, the woman went back to her former job as postmaster in Alverton. She might have had her hours cut if she stayed in Everson.

“The new replacements are just taking a while to learn the names and addresses of the borough residents, but the post office is working on a solution,” Banaszak said. “They seem to be ramping up for probable home delivery.”

Banaszak asked the residents to be patient. Hopefully, he said, all of this will be rectified by summer.

In other business last week:

• Borough auditors gave their annual report, adding that every penny in Everson's budget was accounted for and were very complimentary on the bookkeeping.

• Leo Gismondi, the borough's representative to the Westmoreland/Fayette Municipal Sewage Authority, submitted a letter of resignation, citing his job and personal reasons for the decision.

• Council agreed to appoint Rick Osniak, who had expressed an interest, to serve on the authority board.

• Council agreed to hire another part-time police officer, Rebeka Shrader, on a 60-day probationary period, at $11 per hour.

• The borough will begin pickup of brush, grass and garden clippings by April 1, but will not pick up building materials or wood with nails in it, because it won't be accepted at the landfill.

• May 6 is spring cleanup in the borough. Residents can set out items with normal garbage, but things like televisions, computer screens, paint or anything with Freon will not be picked up.

• Mayor Ruth Shannon would like residents to know her new telephone number, 724-963-1175.

Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.

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