By Jim Caldwell
Officers William Potts, Stephanie Behers and Samuel Inks were the first group honored in Council Chambers Monday, March 8 at the monthly general meeting of Jefferson Hills Council. Mayor Michael Green also presented proclamations for excellent service and dedication to the Floreffe Volunteer Fire Department, the Jefferson Hills 885 Fire Station, and the Jefferson Hills Ambulance Service and to Road Foreman, Richard Huffmans, Jr. and his entire crew.
All distinguish themselves during the declared state of emergency due to the record breaking snowfall in February.
Potts, assisted by the other two officers, helped deliver a baby girl in the wee hours of the morning of February 9 in the parking lot of the Blue Flame restaurant on Route 51. The ambulance arrived in time to cut the cord and transport to the hospital. The three received small lapel pins of a pink stork for their uniform should they chose to display it. Although, most officers are trained for this event, it has not happened in the Borough for close to thirty years.
The Borough likewise received a Certificate of Recognition from Allegheny County honoring Jefferson Hills Department of Public Works’ efforts to clear the roads during the historic winter storm. Joan Cleary issued it from her office.
Pastor Chris Jerin of the Jefferson Hills Bible Church came before Council to request permission to use Andrew E. Reilly Memorial Park on July 17, 2010 for a Praise concert. He said he hopes to have various church music ministries in the area participate. Council approved the request with a comment from Police Chief Martin Reagan that Jerin meets with him about three weeks in advance with a potential number of people expected. This is to determine if the Borough needs personnel to help with safety. In the same vein, Council approved repairs to the batting cages at the park and the backstop at Tepe Park both damaged by the heavy snow.
A public meeting was scheduled for April 7, 2010 at 6:00 P.M. for the use application for the Jefferson Regional Medical Center Sign.
Council awarded work for the 2010 Road Program to Shields Asphalt Paving for $333,637.03. They also authorized $17,975 from the Federal Forfeiture funds to purchase a police vehicle. Members authorized Jennifer Pesanka, the Finance Officer to purchase the necessary computers and software for the administrative staff as well as a computer and printer for the Real Estate tax Collector. The last approvals of monies were $10,260 to R & B Excavating for the 2009 Demolition Project Phase 4 and $31,772.70 to Independent Enterprises for the 2009 Open Cut Excavation Repairs.
The Borough Solicitor was given the green light to prepare on ordinance for interim billing for real estate taxes.
Finally the staff was authorized by Council to prepare a grant application for a master plan for Beedle Park.
All Council members and staff were present except the Borough Manager, Doug Arndt, due to recuperating from surgery.