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HOMER CITY: Police force down three officers, chief reports

by on August 07, 2013 10:50 AM

HOMER CITY — Homer City Borough is left without three police officers after receiving resignations this month, borough council reported Tuesday.

Ray Long, Nick Tartalone and Ryan Hill, all part-time officers, sent their letters of resignation to the council. The borough now employs two full-time officers and three part-time officers, but will begin advertising the three additional positions.

Police Chief Louis Sacco has plans for the force to work with Homer-Center High School in the future, but that is not possible until the officers are hired, he said.

“Basically we’re just talking with the school about possibly doing security for their events on school property,” Sacco said. “There are some issues that need to be worked out.”

The school, he said, has shown interest in the possibility.

“The school is in Center Township (outside the borough), so that is something that we’ll have to look at as one of the snags. Basically I’m in the process of researching it. … We’re just trying to iron out the details.”

Currently, the police department is contracted to do security at the school’s football games. The football field is in the borough.

Sacco also reported that the police department is in the process of enforcing its second wave to combat aggressive driving, part of the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project, which ends Aug. 15. Enforcement, he said, will be higher in high-crash areas, mainly on Route 119.

Homer City Mayor Ken Cecconi reminded residents that garbage needs to be put in a container to keep animals from getting into it, part of an ordinance that will be enforced.

“That also goes for grass, hedges, stuff like that,” said councilman Matt Black. “They need to be kept trim and kept cut.”

In addition, the mayor asked that borough residents not blow grass from their lawns onto the street. “Storm drains plug up, basements flood,” he said. “We’re going to start enforcing it pretty hard here soon.”

Council members met with Denise Jennings-Doyle, who will begin helping with grant writing for the borough.

“She’s very enthusiastic about it,” Black said. “She’ll be a great asset to us getting some grants for Main Street and hopefully Parks and Rec.”

Jennings-Doyle grew up in Homer City, Black said, and has been very involved with the Homer-Center Historical Society.

“Right now there’s not a whole lot of grant activity going on,” said borough manager Rob Nymick. “That doesn’t mean we can’t get ready for next year.”

Council member Jennifer Jaworski reported that the last day the Homer-Center pool will be open is Aug. 17, but a fundraiser to benefit the pool will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. that day. The event will include a picnic dinner. Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for children. Children ages 3 and under eat for free.



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