Everson OKs recreational burning ordinance
The new recreational burning ordinance in Everson easily passed Monday night with some supporting comments from a few people who attended the meeting.
Vinnie Santarel and Doyle Ray Ryan said they knew of people who had bonfires that were way too high and a danger to neighboring homes.
The ordinance, number 187, is an addendum to the other ordinance, number 160. Among the requirements are that outdoor recreational fires must be small, be kept in a grill or masonry container lined with fire bricks, fire clay or fire cement, and no larger than 3-feet square or 3-feet in diameter.
Fire materials must be clean wood, charcoal, kerosene or propane. No burning may take place on a national holiday. Fire materials may not be brought in from outside the borough.
Fines for violating the ordinance shall be a minimum of $50 to a maximum of $600 or up to 30 days in prison or both. Higher costs would apply if the Everson Volunteer Fire Department is called out. A minimum charge of $600, plus an additional minimum of $200 for a borough administration fee, would apply.
The borough also approved the final phase of the Centennial Park water control project. Councilman Chuck Leighty said he felt the water control project should be completed this year, instead of being spread out over two construction seasons.
Leighty said that would mean the contractor, Nitro Excavating of Connellsville, would not have to be concerned with damaging anything they completed this fall.
After a discussion, council approved the new work schedule, with the cost not to exceed $10,000.
In other action, council:
• Hired James Quintero of Coal Center as a part-time police officer. Quintero will be paid $11 an hour during his probationary period. That would be increased to $13.50 an hour after the probationary period is over.
• Agreed to close Coal Alley from Vance to Shipley streets on Aug. 2 and Aug. 3 for the St. Joseph Church Festival.
• Discussed problems with drainage in several areas of the borough.
• Heard complaints and outlined possible actions concerning overgrown hedges and trees that block motorists' views at several locations.
• Reminded residents about the closing of the Scottdale Everson Bridge, which started today. Council President Mike Banaszak said PennDOT had informed him that the bridge would be closed until Oct. 31. However, Banaszak said he had received a letter from the contractor, Golden Triangle Construction Co. of Pittsburgh, stating the bridge would be closed to traffic only until Aug. 25.
The next council work session will be held 6:30 p.m. Aug. 5. Next regular monthly council meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Aug. 18.
Karl Polacek is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-626-3538.
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