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Saltsburg Borough purchase of mobile home park in final stages

| Thursday, March 7, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Saltsburg Borough's purchase of a mobile home park at High Street and Pine Court Way is reaching its final stages. Raymond and Ed Bell have reached an agreement to sell the property to the borough for $47,000, but borough council is awaiting final sums for bills owed on the property, including overdue utilities, that are to be worked into the final purchase price.

Council has said the site could be a possible location for a community playground or a maintenance building.

At its regular Monday meeting, council approved two requests for donations — $150 to ABS Athletics, which will renew the borough's sponsorship sign at the ballfield, and $5,000 to the Saltsburg Canal Days committee, which is planning for the festival's 175th anniversary this year.

“Without a doubt, I think we donate to our local sports for kids,” Council President P.J. Hruska said when it was pointed out that the board had talked about cutting back on donations in order to curb spending.

Hruska said he will contact ABS Athletics to make sure that the borough's sponsorship sign includes the correct website address, changing it from to

Plans for the this year's Canal Days festival, set for June 7-9, are under way. The committee is considering an extended fireworks display and booking The Vogues vocal group for a performance.

A third donation request, from the Saltsburg swimming pool recreation board, was denied. It was noted that Chris Pemberton, the borough secretary/treasurer, does all payroll and correspondence for the pool. Also, it's likely a pump for the kiddie pool will need replaced before the summer, so council member Dave Zimmerman is looking into getting a reduced price on a new pump through his place of work, Electro-Mec in Homer City.

Council approved a sign permit for the Herb Society of Historic Saltsburg, as recommended by the borough's Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB). A new sign advertising the location of the society's Museum Gardens will be placed at the back of the tool shed behind the Saltsburg Historical Society's Stone House Museum.

John Montgomery was denied permission to install a 19-by-69-inch LED sign perpendicular to the building that houses his Digital Concepts Computer Sales & Service business at 614 Salt St.

“After some discussion, we decided that it does not fit the ambiance of what we want for the downtown area of Saltsburg,” Hruska said.

In response to Hruska's request that HARB fill out its ranks and keep current, council appointed real estate broker Pete Stewart to the board along with two new community members, William Bush and Marsha Heiple.

In other business, council: 

• Agreed to upgrade to QuickBooks 2013 at a cost of $199.99, and to investigate the cost of also upgrading the borough's Microsoft Office software.

• Approved sending police officer Dave Romagnoli to the Pennsylvania Narcotics Officers Association's 24th annual training conference in Harrisburg for three days at the end of March, at a cost not to exceed $400. Romagnoli agreed to reimburse the cost of the trip should he leave the borough's employment before a year's time.

• Noted that Indiana University of Pennsylvania student Carolyn Kegler is looking into grants that can be used to build a handicapped-accessible fishing platform on the north bank of the river near the West Penn Trail. Kegler is proposing the project to fulfill a class assignment.

• Discussed the possibility of either a flat yearly rate for school athletic practices held at the Salt Center, or even the waiving of fees for school-related athletics held there. A fee of $15 an hour is currently in place for the elementary boys' and girls' basketball teams to practice there.

• Announced the Lions Club Easter egg hunt will be held promptly at 1 p.m. March 30 at North Park in Saltsburg.

• Reported that spring clean-up days will be held April 19 for addresses on High Street and below, and April 26 for those above High Street. Items that will not be picked up include construction materials, chemicals or hazardous materials, tires, paint, Freon, television sets or computer equipment.

Gina DelFavero is a staff writer for Trib total Media. She can be reached at 724-459-6100 ext. 2915 or

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