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BLAIRSVILLE: Council approves purchase of emergency band radios

by on March 20, 2013 10:40 AM

BLAIRSVILLE -- Blairsville council on Tuesday agreed to spend about $21,150 on new emergency-band radios for the police department.

The radios, 11 in all, are needed so that officers can communicate over Indiana County's new emergency-band radio system.

The borough intends to purchase three dash-mounted units for its police cars, one unit for the police department office, and seven portable radios for officers. The radios are being purchased under a bulk-purchase agreement Indiana County has struck with the supplier, Motorola.

The borough has been preparing for the expense and has $25,000 set aside.

In a separate purchasing decision, council agreed to buy a used road-salt spreader for $800. At that price, the spreader, which can be mounted in a pickup truck bed, is a bargain, borough manager Tim Evans told council.

He said the public works department, which has been in the market for just such a piece of equipment, has seen new and used spreaders listed for between $2,500 and $4,200.

Evans said that having a salt spreader mounted on a pickup will allow the borough to more efficiently clear and treat narrower alleys and side streets because one truck can do both jobs at the same.

In other matters, Councilwoman Mary Ugoletti confirmed that she does not intend to seek re-election this year.

"It's been a good run, but I'm ready for somebody else to pick up where I left off," Ugoletti said when asked about her intentions following the meeting.

Ugoletti is completing her third term in office.

Last month, Mayor Joe Caugherty announced he would run dual campaigns for mayor and as a First Ward councilman. That seat is currently held by Ugoletti.

Caugherty is running for council in case his mayoral bid falls short. Both he and council Vice President Ron Evanko are seeking the Democratic nomination for mayor. Evanko also is seeking re-election as a borough councilman.

Also Tuesday night, council agreed to put up for bid the borough's annual street paving project.

With about $34,600 to spend on the project, officials said they are planning to repave sections of East Brown Street, East Second Avenue, three sections of Sugar Alley, Northeast Lane and Iron Alley.

Evans said that if the borough is able to cross those off the list this summer and commits to repaving North Morrow Street, West Ranson Avenue, East Burrell Street and South Brady Street in the following two summers, then borough streets overall will be in good shape.

Additionally, borough officials reminded residents that:

  • The Blairsville Neighborhood Crime Watch is meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Blairsville Elks. Residents will hear from an insurance company representative and a police officer, both of whom will be discussing ways residents can make their homes safer.
  • The annual community Easter egg hunt is to take place 10 a.m. March 30 at the Blairsville Community Center. The event is open to children aged 10 and younger.
  • The Blairsville Community Development Authority has scheduled a roundtable discussion with residents for 7 p.m. April 11. The discussions are intended to give residents a way to suggest ideas that could improve the borough. The event is being held at the Blairsville Community Center.


Sam Kusic is a staff writer for The Indiana Gazette.
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