Saltsburg Borough hires part-time officer, seeks bids for razing mobile homes

| Saturday, June 8, 2013, 7:54 a.m.

A part-time police officer was added to the ranks of the Saltsburg Police Department at Monday night's borough council meeting.

David Angelo was hired at a rate of $10 an hour and will undergo a 90-day probationary period.

Angelo also is a part-time officer in Blairsville Borough, Saltsburg Police Chief Gary Walker noted.

“He's got several years of experience on the job,” he said. “He's going to be a good fit.”

Walker also noted that plans are running smoothly for this weekend's Canal Days festival, with overlapping patrol shifts scheduled for his officers.

In other police business, council agreed to advertise for sale the department's police-outfitted mountain bike.

Walker said the department has no use for the bike anymore, and he didn't see the logic in sending any of his officers for the training that would be required to use the bike for patrols.

Walker estimated its worth to be anywhere from $500 to $750.

Abraham Kline was hired as the new meter reader at $8.50 per hour. Hruska estimated that Kline would likely work about 12 to 15 hours per week.

Council will begin advertising and accepting bids to tear down the mobile homes located on the parcel recently purchased by the borough.

The mobile home park at High Street and Pine Court Way currently holds eight trailers, which council wants to raze in order to move forward with its plans for the property. Possibilities include a playground and a borough maintenance building.

Potential bidders must have insurance, Hruska noted.

“We need to have specifications on what we want cleaned up,” council vice president Kathy Muir said. “They can't come in and just take what they want and leave all of the other stuff lying there. Everything has to go — it needs to be cleaned up.”

In other business, borough council: 

• Received word from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection that several technical deficiencies need to be addressed before state officials can finish a technical review of the borough's Water Quality Management permit. The borough was given until June 28 to submit the revisions, which will be handled by borough engineer Gibson-Thomas;

• Discussed the possible purchase of a back hoe for use by the borough workers. Council decided to research some prices on a smaller used machine;

• Approved the use of River's Edge for the Aug. 24 nuptials of Melissa Swarek and Jeff McManis;

• OK'd a $50 donation to the Saltsburg Volunteer Fire Department golf tournament;

• Approved a building permit for Jim Simpson, who is placing an addition on his Point Street home;

• Thanked the volunteers, including local Girl Scouts and community members, who helped at the recent clean-up day in town in preparation for Canal Days.

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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