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Police cruisers in need of repairs

| Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2002

Bills for repairs to Belle Vernon Borough police cruisers have become an unwanted habit for borough council.

Mayor Jim Bitonti said Monday that two out of three police vehicles need repairs.

He told council an unmarked 1995 Chevy Caprice needed about $300 in repairs. Bitonti said one of the vehicle's power windows and a windshield wiper had malfunctioned.

Council bought the used vehicle about two years ago.

The mayor also said a 1997 Ford Crown Victoria cruiser needed a new fuel pump at a cost of about $200.

Councilwoman and finance committee chairwoman Maria Tetteris said council could not afford repairs to both vehicles.

"I make a motion we park it," she said with reference to the Caprice.

Council passed the motion with a unanimous vote.

A motion to repair the other vehicle also passed unanimously.

Bitonti said he would try to have the Caprice repaired by borough maintenance workers.

The mayor said repairs have plagued council.

"We spend a lot of money on all the vehicles," he said. "It's every month we're spending $500 or $600."

In an unrelated matter, road committee chairman Ray Frederick said $9,200 in funds could be lost if council does not use it to pave a few roads by the end of the year.

Bitonti said Fayette County awarded the money to the borough for work on Pleasant Alley and 4th, 5th and Washington streets.

Bitonti said the money would not go to waste.

"We're going to do them in house," Bitonti said. "We will spend that money."

Councilman Rich Saxberg said the borough fire department needs donations to help repair the community's Christmas lights.

Saxberg said donations can be made to the Borough of Belle Vernon Christmas Light Fund, 10 Main Street, Belle Vernon, PA, 15012-1108 or to the fire department.

Saxberg said residents can contact the fire department to have smoke detectors inspected in their homes.

He said defective detectors would be replaced for free.

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