Franklin Park has contract

Agreement reached with public works, police talks go on

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Public works and parks employees have reached a contract with Franklin Park, according to borough secretary Cathy Krummert. As of the Sept. 18 council meeting, the contract was being prepared for signature by the borough and by Teamsters Local 249, who represents the workers. Details were not available, pending completion of the process.

The previous bargaining agreement expired June 30, 2011, Ms. Krummert said. Employees have been working under terms of that contract while negotiations continued.

Ms. Krummert also said the police and borough officials were awaiting an arbitrator's ruling in their ongoing contract negotiations. The contract with the police expired Dec. 31, 2011.

In another matter, council gave final approval to eight new lots for single family homes. They will be located in the Sugar Creek plan on Magee Road Extension.

Council also approved party wall lines between several townhouses in the Ridge Forest plan off Georgetown Drive and Nicholson Road. According to Ms. Krummert, that development includes homes, townhouses, and apartments.

Separately, council voted to accept extension of a maintenance agreement for work to be completed by the developer of the Spring Ridge plan. Ms. Krummert said this was necessary because the original agreement expired and the developer had not yet completed the work. The extension will run to Dec. 21, she added.

In addition, building inspection and zoning officer Tim Phillips told council that his office approved 19 building projects in Franklin Park during August. Together, they have a commercial value estimated at over $1.6 million, he added.

Council voted to approve the treasurer's report, which showed tax revenues of $500,820 in August. Spending amounted to $818,080 for the month. Borough manager Ambrose Rocca said that for the year to date, revenues totaled $5,460,390 and expenditures $4,498,290. "I predict that we will be very close to our estimated revenues and expenditures" by the year's end, he said. According to Ms. Krummert, revenues and expenditures are expected to balance out around $7,542,000 by the end of the year.

Council also approved $221,950 in bills paid from the general fund in August. This covered everything from payroll and utilities to office equipment and supplies, public advertising, and more. Also approved were $69,460 in funds to purchase a new truck and a new dump truck for the parks and recreation department. The dump truck will be equipped with a snow plow as needed, added council president Amy Sable.

In other preparations for winter, council awarded a contract to receive rock salt for roads from the American Rock Salt company of Mount Morris, N.Y.. According to Ms. Krummert, the firm submitted the lowest bid through a state program known as COSTARS. The borough will pay $54.77 per ton.

Also, council voted to authorize the sale at auction of an old borough dump truck and a Caterpillar road roller. They will be auctioned Nov. 9 at Mathies and Sons Inc. in Slippery Rock.

Council member Jim Lawrence asked whether the borough could sell the vehicles directly, rather than going through an auctioneer. Solicitor Max Junker said they could.

But public works director Bernie Rossman said, "you get the best fair market value going through auction." Mr. Lawrence joined in the unanimous vote to approve auctioning the vehicles.

Council member Laura Coombs was absent.

Finally, council president Amy Sable reported some of the tennis courts were being relined for pickleball, as requested by several residents at a prior council meeting.


Tim Tuinstra, freelance writer:


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