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Saltsburg council fills seats on community recreation board

| Thursday, March 6, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

The Saltsburg-Conemaugh Recreation Board is now operating at its full potential with the appointment of two new members at Monday night's regular Saltsburg Borough Council meeting.

Angela Simpson and Rebecca Kravetsky hold seats on the board after council voted to approve their appointments. Both sent letters of interest to represent the borough on the board. One of the seats was left vacant after Lorrie Johnson's resignation was accepted by council last month.

Council agreed to purchase two copies of Windows 7 and Microsoft Office Suite software for the borough's two police department computers, at a cost not to exceed $750. The update is needed in to support software programs used by the police department.

That motion also included the purchase of reflective material for the police to use in speed enforcement zones, which Police Chief Gary Walker said lasts longer than the reflective paint that has been used.

Council Vice President Kathy Muir reported on the Saltsburg Free Library and its success at its new location at 417 Walnut St., adjacent to the Salt Center.

“They love it up there,” she said.

A book club meets the last Tuesday of every month, and a drop box has been installed out front.

She said the library is in need of more volunteers. Anyone interested can contact the library at 724-541-2133 or e-mail

The library is open 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Muir noted the library is looking to expand its hours to include Wednesdays.

Muir also announced that the Saltsburg Presbyterian Church offers a youth center in its basement, with the next night planned for 7-10 p.m. March 7. The center, for grade seven through age 19, features games and free food.

“They're trying to do a nice center that kids can go and hang out and have someplace to go,” Muir said, noting that it will be supervised. “It's something real positive for the community.”

In other business, council: 

• Agreed to purchase line locators, at a cost not to exceed $1,200, to aid borough workers in determining the location of sewage lines coming from homes;

• Approved a building permit request for a duplex on Salt Street that will involve installing vinyl siding and soffit and fascia, pending approval from the borough's Historic Architectural Review Board;

• Heard from Saltsburg resident Dan Rose concerning cleanup at the mobile home park at High Street and Pine Court Way that the borough recently purchased, and the renovation deadline for the W.R. McIllwain Store and Warehouse building on Point Street, otherwise known as the mule barn;

• Announced that a Canal Days cleanup will take place May 17, with volunteers meeting at 9 a.m. at the canal. Work will include spreading mulch and planting flowers.

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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