Irwin council views plans for borough building

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Members of Irwin council on Wednesday night viewed plans for a proposed new $5 million borough building that would house borough offices, council chambers, fire-company meeting rooms and a new police


The current borough building along Main Street houses borough offices and the police department, while Irwin Borough Fire Department equipment is housed in the fire hall behind Dan Rose Park.

Members of Irwin Borough Fire Department will try to obtain grant and charitable foundation money to pay for the project.

The new 140-by-120-foot building would be erected on a lot the borough owns just to the east of the entrance to Irwin Park along Pennsylvania Avenue.

Mary Benko, borough manager, said council has not approved plans for the building.

Chad Mower, president of Irwin Borough Fire Department, presented the plans to council. He said fire department members would like to move all borough departments into one building to save money on utility bills.

The drawing, prepared by a fire department member who is a retired Computer Assisted Drawing operator, includes a large council meeting room, a fitness and exercise room for police, fire and emergency medical

services personnel; and separate men’s and women’s locker rooms with showers.

It also contains an elevator, a fire department lounge and kitchen and emergency medical service offices.

The downstairs portion of the building would house all borough fire trucks and equipment as well as ambulances and police cars, Mr. Mower said.

Mr. Mower said he hopes to begin construction on the building within two years.

In other business, Councilman John Cassandro said work on the Lamp Theatre is going well.

An orchestra pit has been dug, and the floor for the pit will be poured.

Volunteers are providing the labor, he said.

Councilors also voted to award a contract for storm sewer mapping and inspection to low bidder State Pipe company of Cranberry for $98,225.

After a brief executive session, council also voted to increase borough Manager Mary Benko’s salary to $50,500, and public works director Jim

Halfhill’s salary to $45,000.

Council also voted to change the time of both workshop and voting meetings each month from 6:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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