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Dunbar American Legion considering construction of new post home

| Monday, June 9, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

American Legion post officials asked Dunbar Borough Council on Monday for permission to take over care of the honor roll on Woodvale Street, where they are considering constructing a post home.

Terry Golden, post commander, and member Perry Russell made the request to council.

“We don't need an answer tonight,” Golden said. “We just wanted to let you know what our plans are. We need to present this plan to our membership to make sure they want to move forward.”

Golden said he is concerned because the membership at the American Legion post in Dunbar has been declining in recent years.

“We don't have a lot of young members right now,” he said. “It's becoming more difficult to recruit new members because only 2 percent of the population is in the military right now. During World War II, 56 percent of Americans were members of the Armed Forces. We're trying to find a way to grow our membership.”

Golden said American Legion officials believe that constructing a Legion home behind the honor roll would help with recruitment efforts.

“We would take care of cutting the grass around the honor roll for the borough,” Golden said. “It really would be a perfect location to build a Legion home in the future.”

After Golden discusses the plans with American Legion members, he said he will come back to council to let it know what decision the members have made.

In other business, council:

• Decided to purchase a fully equipped 2007 Ford Explorer for the police department from an auto auction at a cost of $2,800. The money will come from the police savings account, which has a balance of about $10,000.

• Agreed to hire Joseph Neighbors III and Glenn Ghrist as part-time public works employees and Joe Verno on an on-call basis at a salary of $11 an hour for 30 hours a week or less, contingent on a drug-screening test and a probationary period.

• Announced that the paperwork is nearing completion for the creek channeling project. As soon as the required documentation has been completed, council will advertise for bids for the long-awaited project, which has been in the planning phases for the past three decades. The project will reduce flooding in the borough.

• Thanked firemen, Boy Scouts and Dunbar Community Fest members for cleaning streets and culverts in the borough during a recent beautification project.

• Reminded residents that the borough is in the process of enforcing its grass-cutting and property maintenance ordinances.

Cindy Ekas is a contributing writer.

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