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Saltsburg's summer road improvements are expected to focus on alleys

| Friday, May 10, 2013, 3:24 p.m.

Saltsburg Borough Council on Monday agreed to transfer $30,548.35 from a matured CD into a checking account to pay for summer road work in the borough.

Council President P.J. Hruska did not yet have a list of roads slated for improvements but said the focus would be placed on a number of the borough's smaller alleys.

Council also agreed to purchase four new police radios from Motorola Solutions, at a cost not to exceed $9,000.

The radios are needed in order for borough police to meet the requirements of the Indiana County Emergency Management Agency once it switches to an all-digital system June 1.

“Indiana County is going all digital,” said council Vice President Kathy Muir. “If we stay with the radios we have, we will not have radio contact with emergency services, 911. It would all be just through cell phones.”

Council member Jim Simpson submitted a building permit request to the Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB) for a planned 741-square-foot rear addition to his Point Street home. HARB, an advisory board, is tasked with ensuring that homes and businesses conform with the period look prevalent in the town's designated historic district.

HARB has requested that Simpson provide drawings to scale of the planned addition, but Simpson expressed his concern about the costs involved in such drawings. Hruska said that architectural drawings, which can be very costly, are not needed — simply a sketch drawn to scale of the addition would suffice.

Simpson said he plans for the addition to match the stone facade that is already on the front of the house.

Council member Dave Zimmerman was given the authority to approve the permit once HARB has a chance to look over the changes the group has requested, so that Simpson does not have to wait until the next council meeting to have the permit approved.

In other business, borough council:

• Approved a renewal rate of $495.59 for employee health insurance through UPMC, representing an increase of $16.76 per person;

• Approved the Saltsburg American Legion Auxiliary's annual Poppy Days, to be held May 24-25;

• Approved a bid for salt of $66.25 per ton from American Rock Salt;

• Approved the purchase of a new steel pole saw, at a cost not to exceed $649.95, to be used to cut tree branches and limbs;

• Set a tentative work day of May 25 for cleaning up the historic canal area in preparation for the town's annual Canal Days festival, set for June 7-9;

• Announced that the comfort station along the canal is now open daily.

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

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