INDIANA BOROUGH: Planning, enforcement official resigns from post
March 20, 2013 11:00 AM
by RANDY WELLS

A top borough official is leaving Indiana Borough, effective April 2.

Dave Kirk, who has served as the borough's director of planning and code enforcement for the past 17 years, is leaving to accept employment elsewhere.

At Tuesday's council meeting, council Vice President Bill Simmons credited Kirk with pursuing and convincing Giant Eagle corporate leaders to develop the Giant Eagle Express at the point near South Seventh Street and Wayne Avenue.

"It's really dressed up that area," Simmons said.

Kirk has been taking unused vacation days and his absence is already being felt.

"We're extremely short-staffed right now," said Roland Francis, the borough's assistant manager. "Dave wore many hats."

Since 1996, when Kirk started, additional duties were added and the position has evolved into almost two jobs -- code enforcement and planning, and to a certain extent, economic development.

From comments made at Tuesday's council work session, however, the code and zoning director in the future may once again concentrate more on code and zoning enforcement, and a consultant may be used to assist with planning functions similar to how the borough now retains engineering services.

"Not to say that planning is not important, but code enforcement is something that needs covered," said Councilman Richard Thorell, adding that he made that observation based on the "beat" he walks daily in the borough's Second and Third wards.

An ad hoc committee will revise the job description and prepare an advertisement for candidates. Borough manager William Sutton said the ad may be ready for publication by March 29.

The ad hoc committee will interview candidates and make a recommendation to the full council.

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