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Saltsburg police chief receives raise

| Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, 8:50 p.m.

After a nearly hour-long executive session to discuss personnel matters, Saltsburg Borough Council granted part-time Police Chief Gary Walker a $2.95-per-hour raise, from $12.05 to $15, last week.

Walker has been with the borough police department since January 2011.

Council President P.J. Hruska also expressed thanks on behalf of the borough and its residents to all of those who helped in the Aug. 28 flood that dumped four inches of rain on the area in a matter of hours.

“A big time thank-you to definitely the police department, the volunteer fire department, and anyone that helped during our big flood,” Hruska said. “Thank you so much to anybody that helped out in any way in that tough situation.”

Hruska also announced that the Saltsburg Library will hold an open house and used book sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. A story hour is also planned there that day. Since the closing of the former Saltsburg Elementary School, the library has been displaced several times as it works to find a permanent home.

The library is currently located adjacent to the Salt Center at 417 Walnut St.

“That library is actually pretty awesome,” Hruska noted. “You should stop down and see what they have.”

In other business, borough council:

• Passed an ordinance establishing a no-parking area on Water Street, from Washington to Market streets on the west side. Hruska said the restriction is necessary because there isn't enough room on the street for two cars to pass each other;

• Passed another ordinance adopting the local service tax, which is set at $5, and which will go into effect Jan. 1, 2014;

• Reported that a first draft of the 2014 budget is being reviewed;

• Approved the appointment of S&T Trust as the administrator of the borough's pension fund;

• Announced that the community-wide yard sales will be held Saturday;

• Announced that the Kiski School “Community Help Day” is set for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, noting that any projects that can be assigned to the school's students should be listed.

As PennDOT continues to work to replace the portion of Point Street damaged in the Aug. 28 flood, other paving projects will move forward in Saltsburg after borough council held a special meeting Aug. 22.

Streets chosen to receive attention were: Chestnut Street from High Street to Poplar Way; Wood Street between Walnut and Market streets; and the alleyway from Market Street to Wild Cherry Way.

Of the six bids received for the paving work, Moorhead Asphalt won with an amount not to exceed $17,000. The borough will use funds from its liquid fuels account to pay for the paving.

Once paving is finished, borough council members agreed to discuss future work on some of the borough's alleys.

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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