SALTSBURG — Saltsburg added a new member to its police force Monday by hiring David Angelo.
Angelo, according to council President P.J. Hruska, will fill in for shifts when he’s needed.
He was hired because of his past experience in the force with the Blairsville police department, said Gary Walker, Saltsburg police chief. At this time, according to Walker, there are no full-time officers employed for the borough.
The hiring of Angelo brings the number of officers on the Saltsburg force to about a half-dozen.
“He has several years of experience on the job,” Walker said, noting that Angelo is currently employed part time for the Blairsville Police Department. “He will be a good fit.”
Angelo will continue working part time for the Blairsville Police Department while working for Saltsburg.
Borough council also hired Abraham Kline for parking enforcement to start today.
Kline will work 24 to 26 hours every two weeks at a rate of $8.50 per hour.
In addition, the borough acquired an abandoned trailer park on Pine Way that the borough will begin to clean up. Council decided that the park would be cleaned in phases, beginning with the removal of all trailers. The council, Hruska said, is not sure at this time what the acquired land will be used for.
“There are a lot of possibilities,” Hruska said. “It would be nice for a playground, a park area, that kind of thing.”
In other news, borough council:
• Approved a permit for borough resident and council member Jim Simpson to make an addition to his home. At last month’s meeting, Simpson was advised by council to create detailed drawings of his historical-district home including the new plans for HARB to review.
• Approved a donation of $50 to the Saltsburg Volunteer Fire Department for a golf tournament.
• Decided to look into pricing for a new backhoe for the borough. According to Simpson, a backhoe would cost less than an excavator, which the borough had considered purchasing.
• Approved a request from Melissa Swarek and Jeff McManis, Saltsburg residents, to hold a wedding on the Canal front.
• Council also thanked the Girl Scouts, volunteers and community service members for their help preparing during Clean-Up Days.
“We always love our volunteers,” Vice President Kathy Muir said, “a big thanks to the volunteers.”
Canal Days will be held Friday to Sunday in downtown Saltsburg. See the schedule here.