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Everson fills council seat

| Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Everson Borough Council this week appointed Linda Gigliotti as its newest member.

Council President Mike Banaszak said the seat became available because of former Councilman Marty Adobato's resignation.

Council advertised the position and received two letters of interest. In addition to Gigliotti, resident Matthew Coy submitted a letter of interest.

Banaszak said that while he didn't know either candidate and both were qualified, he entertained a motion to appoint Gigliotti because she had her letter submitted by the deadline and Coy did not.

In other news:

• Borough officials have had issues with the definition of a recreation fire.

There is an ordinance that burning is not allowed in the borough, with the exception of recreational fires. Banaszak said people are burning garbage and calling it a recreational fire.

“Our solicitor is working on a revision to our ordinance because people are just taking advantage, and we want to be able to control it a little better,” Banaszak said.

• Council approved J.R. Paving and Construction Company of Greensburg to repair and resurface the basketball court and tennis court/hockey rink and to make repairs to the fence around the tennis court.

The cost for the project is $18,850 and will be paid from the general fund. Banaszak said the courts have not been resurfaced for at least 20 years.

• Council set the auditor's salary at $10 per hour, not to exceed 100 hours.

• Spring cleanup is scheduled for May 5, with regular garbage pickup. Items that won't be picked up include televisions, computer monitors, paint cans, tires and anything with Freon.

• Banaszak said the borough recently had a discrepancy with its garbage contract. Borough officials thought the contract said senior citizens would get a discount, but the garbage company disagreed.

However, after contacting the garbage company, senior citizens can get a 5 percent discount by calling the garbage company, verifying they are 65 or older, the garbage bill is in their name, and they live in the residence where the garbage is being picked up.

• If residents would like to have a scheduled stop by the FACT bus in Everson, they should call FACT and request a stop. If enough people show interest, a stop might be scheduled.

Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer.

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