Saltsburg Borough council Monday approved an increase of hourly pay for its police officers, which became effective Saturday.
New officers with no experience will begin at a rate of $12.50 per hour, said Kathy Muir, council vice president, who led Monday’s meeting in President P.J. Hruska’s absence. Officers with three or more years of experience will be paid an hourly rate of $15.
Previously, new officers started at $10 per hour with a 3 percent cost-of-living increase every year.
In addition, council hired Don Kelly as supervisor of streets, buildings and sewage at a salary of $38,000 beginning Sept. 2.
Council will now begin advertising a newly passed ordinance that states that no parking is allowed on the west side of Water Street, from Washington Street to Market Street.
Community concerns were addressed at a Saltsburg council meeting Monday, including what one resident considers “eyesores” in the community.
Barbara Geisler, a Saltsburg resident, wanted to know “what’s going on with the old mill?”
As of now, council member Dave Angelo said, there is nothing in the works for plans that have been forwarded to council regarding Altman’s Mill LLC.
“As of recently there has been a decision to postpone the last hearing,” Angelo said. The hearing was supposed to be held Friday. Previously, the district magistrate had given the owners of the mill a six-month extension to sell the building or show significant improvement on it.
“I would hate to see it come down,” Geisler said, “but it’s turning into a real liability.” She suggested turning it into parking spaces for the community.
Geisler also aired concerns about a building in the 600 block of Salt Street, which she said is “on the verge of falling apart.”
“We’ve got a lot of history here, we don’t need it to be a slum,” she said.
There has been no movement on the cleanup of the trailer park by council, as the council still lacks proof of insurance from some bidders. During July’s meeting, Muir had made a motion to accept the lowest responsible bid upon execution of an agreement drafted by borough solicitor Wayne Kablack and proof of insurance provided.
Three bids had been received, ranging from $2,500 to $4,500.
In other news, council:
• Approved a policy that no person will be authorized to enter the police department area without being escorted by a certified borough officer.
• Approved a request by Geisler for her church, the Saltsburg Lutheran Church, to have a cleanup day on Sept. 8 after the church service. Church volunteers will clean up an area of borough property.
• Reported that Point Street from Water Street to Salt Street will be closed beginning at 4 p.m. Aug. 23 for a car cruise. In addition, Water Street will be closed at 3 p.m. Aug. 24 for a wedding on the river’s edge.
• Voted to change insurance representatives for the borough from its current representative to Chuck Houser, of Indiana Insurance.
Today is National Night Out, weather permitting. It will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on the Canal in Saltsburg. A family-themed movie will begin at 9 p.m., and free popcorn, food and games for the kids will be available. Aug. 13 will be the rain date for the event.
Fall Clean Up Days will be held Sept. 20 west of High Street. Cleanup east of High Street will begin Sept. 27. Construction materials, chemicals or hazardous materials, tires, paint, Freon, computer equipment, televisions and microwaves will not be picked up.
Council also reported that the library has moved into the Salt Center, and a grand opening is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 14. Muir said the library is working to get computers and Internet service for anyone who wants to use them at the library.
Currently, the library is open from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday with hopes that those hours will extend to Saturday mornings and evenings after school so students can use the machines for homework.
She said that 500 children’s books and 500 young adult books can be purchased for the library.
“I thank everyone who has helped with that (the library),” Muir said. “It’s amazing that it’s back in town.”