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HOMER CITY: Borough Council approves truck purchase

by on July 02, 2014 10:55 AM

HOMER CITY — Homer City Borough Council approved the purchase of a new pickup truck at its meeting Tuesday.

The truck, to be purchased for $33,989, will replace a 2008 Ford F350 that is being purchased by the Homer-Center Parks and Recreation Department.

The new truck is a 2015 F350, 4x4 regular cab to be purchased through TriStar Motors.

“Parks and Recreation has been in need of another truck to pull (a) trailer to be able to mow the lawns at various parks,” said council President Matt Black. “They’ve had some issues trying to get a truck.”

The borough’s solution at June’s meeting was to give up to $8,500 to parks and rec for the purchase of another truck, though the council decided to sell the F350 to them at book value.

Center Township and Homer-Center School District — which are serviced by parks and rec — each will pay $5,700 toward the borough’s new truck, leaving the borough a bill of about $23,000.

Also at the meeting, Sgt. Anthony Jellison of the Homer City Police Department announced that the police department is a third of the way toward its goal of implementing a K-9 unit.

Last month, Jellison reported that, after the purchase of the dog and the necessary training, the initial investment in the program would be about $21,000. Jellison continues to ask for support from the county’s businesses and Homer City residents to reach the goal. Jellison can be contacted at (724) 479-9190 regarding questions or comments during normal business hours, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In other business, council:

• Black asked residents to please call the borough office if they are planning an event in the borough. The borough would like to have contact information on file in case there are questions about the event.

• Reminded residents that the annual Hoodlebug Summer Fest will be held July 13 at the firemen’s field.

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