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BLAIRSVILLE: Chief considers bicycle registration program

by on August 21, 2014 10:54 AM

In an attempt to decrease the possibility of bicycles being stolen, or aid in finding a bicycle once one is, Blairsville Borough may implement a bicycle registration program.

Police Chief Michael Allman said at Tuesday’s borough council meeting that the police department is considering starting a voluntary bike registration program within the borough.

Then, if a bike is stolen, the police department would have an idea of the bicycle’s serial number and what model of bike it is.

“It seems that there are a lot of bikes being taken,” Allman said.

“A lot of people do not write down their serial numbers for their bicycles.”

The police department’s computer system, he said, is already equipped to take the information on bicycles.

This program would be at no cost to borough residents.

In other business:

• Council member Albert Dettorre commended the emergency management departments involved with a fire that took place within the borough, claiming the life of a Blairsville resident and destroying or heavily damaging four buildings within the borough’s business district.

“The coordination and cooperation between communities and departments (that was shown that night) … you don’t see that,” Dettorre said.

• Leann Chaney, of the Blairsville Community Development Authority, announced that a community tour will be held in Blairsville from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 19.

“We want to showcase our community … and highlight to our residents what their tax dollars are being spent on,” Chaney said.

• Chaney also announced that the Shade Tree Commission will hold a garden party at 5 p.m. Sept. 8 at Buchman Park along North Walnut Street.

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