SALTSBURG — Borough police got the go-ahead from Saltsburg Borough Council to purchase four new radios during Monday’s meeting.
Law enforcement and EMS will be switched over to narrow-band radios in June and, at council’s last meeting, Police Chief Gary Walker reported that he had requested a quote on four portable radios that can work in and out of patrol vehicles.
The radios, made by Motorola, will cost $9,220.80.
“Indiana County is going all digital, 800 MHz” said Kathy Muir, council vice president. “If we stay with the radios we have, we will not have contact with emergency services, 911.”
All contact would be through cellphones if the radios are not purchased, she said. Previously, the Indiana County Communications Advisory Board advised that dispatch would need to be done through cellphones; however, radios allow real-time communication between dispatch and drivers.
In other business, the council set a work day on May 26 in preparation for Canal Days.
Canal Days, Council President P.J. Hruska said, is “a celebration of the canal area through Saltsburg … a time of year for everyone to get together at the canal and a reunion for a lot of people.”
Previously, the event has featured musicians, historical society tours, sales and ceremonies.
The celebration this year will be held on June 7, 8 and 9.
In addition to many events that go on throughout the weekend, Hruska said, fireworks will be held on Saturday. It was previously reported in The Indiana Gazette that Canal Days weekend is hoping to extend its fireworks display, which typically lasts 25 to 45 minutes, for Saltsburg’s 175th anniversary celebration.
Saltsburg Borough Council also:
• Did not renew a road fund CD that matured May 5. The balance of $30,548.35 was transferred, after approval by council, to the road fund checking account for road work. Hruska did not name specific roads that will be repaired, but did say that many of them were alleys.
• Discussed a permit requested by borough resident and council member Jim Simpson to build an addition onto his home. Because Simpson’s home is located within the historical district, scale drawings and detailed descriptions of the plans will need to be presented to HARB before Simpson can make any changes to his Point Street home.
• Approved the purchase of a HT1331 Steel Pull Saw not to exceed $649.95 in order to cut trees and limbs over roadways.
• Accepted a bid of $66.25 per ton of salt from American Salt.
• Approved a request to allow the Saltsburg American Legion Auxiliary to hold Poppy Days on May 24 and 25.
Hruska also noted that the comfort station at Canal Park is now open daily.