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Derry Borough hires full-time public works chief

| Monday, May 11, 2015, 11:12 p.m.

Derry Borough Council made two moves Monday to bolster the borough's Department of Public Works.

Council voted to hire Scott Regula to fill the full-time vacancy in the borough's public works department, and voted to advertise for a part-time, seasonal position.

Public works crew chief Patrick Byers had been working on his own for about a month since council accepted longtime employee Robert Johnson's retirement last month.

Council President Chad Fabian said Regula was the top candidate from 21 applicants, five of whom were interviewed. Regula will start work with the department today, Fabian said.

The part-time public works position will pay $9 an hour, up from $8 last summer, for grass-cutting work.

Council approved purchasing four barricades for about $1,200 to block traffic on part of the North Ligonier Street bridge. The barricades, which will be filled with water once positioned, can be repositioned and reused for other projects and events, Fabian said.

Borough engineering firm Gibson-Thomas Engineering Co. has applied to PennDOT for a highway occupancy permit seeking to open East Owens Avenue to Route 217 in order to circumvent the North Ligonier Street bridge. Fabian said the borough owns the proposed right-of-way for the project.

Fabian said the cover has been removed from the Derry Community Pool, but plans to have the borough fire department drain and fill the pool over the weekend were postponed so firefighters could attend funeral services for Ligonier Township police Lt. Eric Eslary. The pool will be drained and filled on Saturday.

In other business, council voted to donate $250 and additional police coverage for Derry Railroad Days, donate $500 to Caldwell Memorial Library and waive any park fees for the Derry Area Revitalization Committee's Aug. 2 car cruise at Derry Community Park.

Council voted to advertise a request for proposals for a new refuse and recycling contract. The borough's contract with Waste Management Inc. expires Sept. 30.

Greg Reinbold is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-459-6100, ext. 2913, or greinbold@tribweb.com.

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