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South Connellsville accepts police chief's resignation

| Saturday, April 19, 2014, 1:41 a.m.

South Connellsville Borough Council this week accepted the resignation of police Chief Kevin Grippo, who is leaving the department after 17 years.

“I'd like to thank everyone here for giving me this chance,” Grippo said. “It's been a pleasure working for you folks.”

Council then passed a motion to advertise for two part-time police officers.

During public comment, a few residents complained about a foul odor coming from the former Anchor glass warehouse.

“I can't open my front door in the summer,” resident Carolyn Tressler said. “I have lived here for 44 years, and it's like a dead body smell, and it's right across the road. I can't even cook out in my yard.”

President Guy Napolillo said council is looking into the stench and that there have been other complaints.

“I honestly don't know what we can do, but we'll work it out,” Napolillo said. “We'll follow up. We don't have an answer tonight.”

Councilman Clyde Martz reported the workers' compensation insurance coverage has decreased by about 34 percent, but the borough's commercial coverage has increased nearly 15 percent.

The safety committee needs to be expanded to keep the compensation numbers low for the insurance, Napolillo said.

Council approved a motion to pay Cintas the outstanding balance of $575, then terminate its contract.

In other business, council:

• Agreed to sell the borough's old dump truck to Starlight Hill Farm in Mill Run for $6,200.

• Approved a motion to request a representative from Advanced Disposal, the borough's garbage collection company, to be at its next work session to address the price hike the company is requesting and to answer questions about the company and its service.

• Hired the accounting firm of Cypher and Cypher of Pittsburgh to perform a forensics audit of the borough's finances from the past seven years.

• Tabled a motion to purchase a new police vehicle in order to review all information.

• Hired Darla Hann as borough secretary, filling the part-time position at $10.50 per hour for 25 hours weekly.

• Announced the borough's annual cleanup day will be May 21.

• Announced the annual community yard sale will be held at 8 a.m. May 17.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.

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