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NBV splits gas bill with fire department

| Monday, May 14, 2012, 5:24 p.m.

North Belle Vernon Borough Council has decided to share the costs of gas heat with the fire department stationed in the municipal building.

At Tuesday's council meeting, Fire Department President Barb Peters said the natural gas bill for December was $678, a dramatic increase over the October-November 1999 bill of $317.

The borough stores a police car in the fire truck garage. Peters said the room is kept at 40 degrees so water in the fire truck tank doesn't freeze.

However, the borough just started using the garage to hold a police car in late December.

Councilman Leonard Parzynski said the police department will use the same car for a 24-hour shift, reducing the number of times the garage door must be opened. He reported borough workers are installing a plastic wrap shield to further insulate the parking area.

Council President Craig Ambrose suggested the fire department get an actual gas meter reading rather than an estimated one. 'That could possibly get it knocked down some,' he said.

Council voted to share the gas bill with the fire department. Councilman James Christopher was absent.

  • A veteran Greensburg police officer was promoted to detective this week.

    The promotion of Gerald Stofko, 39, was unanimously approved by city council on Monday.

    Stofko has been a city police officer for nine years. Before that, Stofko was a member of a police department near Waco, Texas. He also earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice at the University of Pittsburgh.

    Stokfo was one of seven city police officers who took a Civil Service test last month and went through an interview process last week.

    The base annual salary for the detective's position was set at $45,775. An officer also would receive longevity pay equivalent to 1 percent of his salary for each year of service, up to 20 percent.

  • A representative of a Main Street business has asked Uniontown Council to consider reduced fees at the city's parking garage to free up street meter parking for customers.

    Cindy Welling of O'Gillies Restaurant presented council with a petition this week containing names of 40 owners and employees of businesses in a roughly two-block area of East Main Street. With the opening of new businesses, the area has become congested, creating a problem with deliveries and parking space for customers, Welling said.

    'We're suggesting moving employees at the business from the streets to the city's parking garage,' Welling said. 'We propose offering some spots at $15 a month instead of the $30 being charged now.'

    Welling said the businesses would like the employees to use the garage, freeing street meters for customers. But, she said, O'Gillies' waitresses cannot afford the $30-per-month charges due to their low wage scale and the fact that they work only about 2 &*#189; hours per day.

    Mayor James Sileo said council will investigate the matter.

    However, later in the meeting, Sileo spoke out against a lower rate for certain people.

    'I think $1.50 a day at the parking garage is a real bargain,' Sileo said. 'In fact, I've been thinking about raising it, not lowering it.'

    However, he said council would still study Welling's proposal.

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