Police took center stage before a packed house in Scott Tuesday as officials applauded the work of one officer and swore in another to the newly created position of school resource officer.
Sgt. Matt Podsiadly, who in May will have 10 years with the township's police force, was his department's choice for Officer of the Year.
Commissioner Pat Caruso, public safety chairman, said the sergeant was chosen for the honor by his peers.
"You've been a tremendous asset to the community," added board President Tom Castello.
Also, former Patrolman Edward Povirk, who retired from the force in 2005 after 21 years, is returning to work as Scott's school resource officer.
He was sworn in by District Magistrate Gary Zyra and is assigned to the Chartiers Valley Intermediate School in Scott. He started work Feb. 13.
"He's absolutely the best choice," said Mrs. Caruso.
To be reinstated, Officer Povirk, 59, had to obtain numerous clearances, complete some training and travel to Harrisburg to take a 200-question test. He also had to undergo physical and psychological testing.
"It's real nice to put that uniform back on," Officer Povirk said, noting that his colleagues have been very supportive and that some parents have thanked him for taking on the job.
Because of his community history, he estimates that he "probably knows half the staff" at the intermediate school and that everyone has been "very receptive."
Officer Povirk works 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and has an office in the school on Swallow Hill Road.
Because the resource officer program with Chartiers Valley started Feb. 1, Sgt. Tom Anestis handled much of the job until Mr. Povirk's credentials were re-established.
Two Collier officers, Bill Oslick and Steve Oberle, are assigned to the Chartiers Valley primary, middle and high schools in that community.
In other action, the board voted 8-0, with Commissioner Craig Stephens absent, to approve a $52,500 settlement with Providence Point for repair of a portion of Kane Boulevard.
"We feel, in light of the circumstances, this is a good result," said Solicitor Robert McTiernan.
Commissioner Bill Wells added, "This board should be commended for going after that money. Otherwise, it would have fallen through the cracks."
Township Engineer Larry Lennon said he has completed an engineering report involving flooding from Hope Street. The report will be discussed at the board's March 12 workshop meeting.neigh_west - neigh_south
Carole Gilbert Brown, freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.