Irwin puts its updated codes on new website

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Irwin residents can now view their borough’s rules and regulations online at

Solicitor Todd Turin said residents can go online to the website and look under “Irwin” to see the Irwin code, including zoning regulations. The website includes sections on brush and weeds, the uniform construction code and code enforcement, among other topics.

The announcement about the new website came during last week’s council meeting, where councilors voted to advertise the new borough code in a local newspaper at a cost of $1,939.05.

Mr. Turin said the code had to be updated and revised to be in compliance with the state’s borough code. He said the Irwin code hadn’t been revised since the 1960s or 1970s.

Irwin council members last week also handled a small menu of other items.

■ Council authorized the creation of three new credit cards with limits of $2,500, one for the borough manager, one for the police chief and one for the director of public works.

Council at first planned to allow three new S&T Bank cards with limits of $500 apiece, but Councilwoman Debbie Kelly said she understood the credit cards were being cut to allow borough administrators to take advantage of online deals. A limit of $500 wouldn’t allow them to buy a $1,200 computer, she said.

After discussion, the board agreed to authorize cards with limits of $2,500, as long as borough administrators give reports on any use of the cards at council meetings.

■ Council also approved a three-year contract between the borough and its two members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.  The borough secretary and one man in the Public Works Department are in the union.

Mary Benko, borough manager, said the two employees will receive 3 percent raises each year of the contract.

■ Council voted to have members of the Public Works Department remodel the police department at a cost not to exceed $11,858.A representative of A to Z Construction, the company originally selected to do the job, earlier said he was no longer interested.

■ Council members accepted the resignation of John Fonzo from the Civil Service Commission, and appointed Tim Watson to serve in his place. Councilwoman Peggie Watson, Mr. Watson’s wife, abstained from the vote.

Anne Cloonan, freelance writer:

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