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Township OKs sending help to Queens, N.Y.

February 19. 2013 4:22PM
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BUTLER TWP. – The township supervisors approved a proposal Thursday night to loan two pieces of equipment from the Valley Regional Fire and Rescue Company Inc., to Queens, N.Y. to assist the Broad Channel unit, which saw its firefighting equipment damaged in flooding caused by superstorm Sandy.

The request was made by township Fire Chief Rich Bognar, who pleaded his case to the supervisors as a matter of a brother helping a brother. Bogner described the equipment as Engine 1, which is a 1994 Spartan/Smeal fire truck, and Rescue 1, which is an ambulance that has been utilized recently as a backup vehicle.

After a brief discussion about insurance and that the equipment return in the same condition as when it leaves Butler, all three supervisors, Charles Altmiller, Brian Kisenwether and Ransom Young, voted yes on Bognar's proposal.

As it turns out, the Spartan/Smeal truck had been advertised for sale, but the supervisors rejected a bid of $1,801 for the apparatus. They did the same for three pieces of equipment, deciding to advertise for new bids.

Bids for five other township vehicles, including two police cars, which sold for $807 apiece, were accepted.

The supervisors voted unanimously to reimpose a 1.5 percent earned income tax, with an accompanying amendment allowing Berkheimer Associates to collect the tax and impose penalties for late payments.

In other discussions:

• Because the October police report of Chief Dave Pavelko contained 511 incidents and criminal offenses, Kisenwether expressed concern about an apparent rise in criminal activity. He cautioned township residents to exercise more care in keeping doors, windows and their vehicles locked. And, when asked, Pavelko replied that the situation can be traced back to the drug trade.

• Robert Anderson of Mill Mountain Road asked the supervisors to act to improve the condition of the roadway, as well as replace the guard rails and post warning signs because the road is one of the worst in the township. Kisenwether told Anderson repairs have already been discussed by township officials.

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