Curwensville Boro approves three new hires|
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
By Wendy Lynn Brion Staff Writer
CURWENSVILLE - After a short executive session last night the Curwensville Borough Council voted on three new employees for the borough. Council member Mike Komonczi was absent from the meeting as was Mayor Holly Komonczi.
Council first voted to hire full time street worker Charles Kimbell III and then temporary full time Robert Alt. If Alt refuses the position, Greg Barrett will be hired. The final position filled was part time police officer and Jason Witherite was hired. He will have to pass various tests prior to starting work. Council also voted later in the meeting to re-advertise the position of an assistant secretary since the person working there now wasn't hired during a meeting, as per the Sunshine Law. The position will be advertised and hiring will be done during an open meeting.
Also in regards to police, council approved paying more for the new police truck since the one being looked at had been sold. The increased cost is about $1,176, which includes the cost of the newer truck plus a couple pieces of equipment added to the package such as a spotlight and gun rack. Council also approved purchasing a battery back up system for the police computers in the event of a power outage and will consider an automatic generator next year.
Council also approved purchasing antivirus software for all of the borough computers at a cost of $199 per year.
Council discussed the status of the grant committee and Council Member Mary Ellen Read explained that the committee is actually a revitalization group made up of citizens of the community and that the name "grant committee" had originally been used for want of a better name.
She explained that recently they agreed they are a revitalization group looking for ways to make Curwensville more attractive for those who live in the borough and visitors.
Council Member Mark Curulla took issue with the group calling themselves a grant committee in advertising of meetings and said that in order for them to be a borough committee they need to have three council members as members.
He said they should not have used taxpayer money to pay for their meeting advertisements and threatened to call the ethics commission if the money was not paid back.
Read attempted to explain the confusion and said the money would be paid back to the borough. Secretary Autumn Norris pointed out that the bills for those advertisements had been in the bills to be paid in the past and council had approved paying them up to last night when Curulla voted no on the bills because of the meeting advertisement.
There was also a discussion on who was allowed to sit at the council table, especially in regards to meetings other than council meetings. Curulla maintained that only council may sit at the table while other council members noted that many other meetings are held in the room including the municipal authority and Curwensville Days. After some discussion council agreed to speak with Solicitor Kim Kesner about these issues.
Under citizens, council heard from Terry and Pete Krewson concerning an alley at George Street. The Krewsons wanted part of the alley near their home marked "no parking" and "fire lane." After some discussion the council realized the alley might be unopened, in which case the Krewsons can hire an attorney and claim all or part of it.
Fredrick Rishel also spoke to the council about water running across Lippert Street into his driveway and yard.
The borough crew was supposed to go out to clean out a ditch as a temporary solution, since piping and some catch basins will eventually need installed and Rishel said the work on the ditch was never done. Council promised to follow up on the matter.
In other business:
• council discussed either purchasing new chairs or having the council table lowered. Reupholstering the chairs would cost between $125-140 each and new, similar chairs would cost between $250-400 each. Council then voted to have someone give an estimate on lowering the table instead with Read voting no.
• Read reported that the revitalization group received a grant from the Susquehanna Greenways Partnership for $2,000. Also, the group discussed locations for Nathan Brubaker's Eagle Scout project of a message board and council agreed they liked the idea of placing it near the water fountain at Irvin Park.
• Curulla and Council Member Don O'Dell will meeting with the borough engineer today concerning Schofield Street, especially in regards to the guide rail, the breaking apart of the hill and curbing.
• a new mirror will be installed at the intersection of Ridge Avenue and State Street.