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Butler fire radios to be updated


February 17. 2013 9:39AM
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BUTLER TWP. – The Valley Regional Fire and Rescue Company saw its request for funding to modernize its radio and other electronic communications systems to comply with a federally mandated small band system approved on Thursday night.


However, a proposal to purchase new rescue gear was tabled by the Board of Supervisors.


The fire company must comply with a Federal Communications Commission conversion to small band. Because of that the board voted unanimously to accept the $5,498 bid from Keystone Communications of Northumberland to buy new radios and effect changes to the fire company's existing systems.


When it came to rescue equipment, in particular $6,207 to obtain rescue rope, supervisors Charles Altmiller and Ransom Young, raised questions about the fire department having fiscal problems. At the initiative of Chairman Brian Kisenwether it was decided to table the request pending further budgetary review.


The supervisors did, however, approve the purchase of a new police car, along with computer accessories. The purchase will be through the COSTARS program, Maryann Petrilla, township manager, said. She also said bids will be solicited and are scheduled to be opened on Oct. 22 for two older police cars, several trucks and used fire company apparatus.


Bids will be sought via legal advertising, she said.


In other agenda items:


• The supervisors authorized Berkheimer Associates to impose and retain the cost of pursuing delinquent taxes.


• Berkheimer was also approved to collect a local services tax of $52 per year.


• The supervisors voted to advertise a public hearing on an earned income tax of 1.5 percent. Petrilla said adoption of the tax is scheduled at the Nov. 8 meeting.


• The supervisors heard complaints from Wayne Rampula and Thomas Yurkanin about open burning going on in the High Meadows Crossroad Farms development.



After the meeting, Sue Rossi, who is leading an effort to expand the board to five members, stated a referendum has been approved by Luzerne County officials. The referendum will appear as a public question on the Nov. 6 ballot




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