Irvona to receive Sept. 11 artifact for bridge|
Friday, December 07, 2012
By Terry Whetstone Staff Writer
IRVONA - John "PJ" Patterson, Irvona mayor, told council last night that after 16 months of trying, the borough is getting a piece of the World Trade Center to display at the Mary Ellen Tiesi Memorial Sept. 11, 2001 Bridge.
Patterson said it's a steel beam, 42 pounds, and 17 inches high by 12 inches wide.
He said the state Department of Transportation will help install the artifact, probably sometime in the spring. It will be placed on the PennDOT right-of-way.
"I never really thought about it, but it's going to become a tourist attraction," Patterson said.
The borough was seeking an artifact to put near the bridge to help honor Tiesi, who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks when the World Trade Center collapsed.
The borough had a choice to either pick the artifact up in New York or pay $200 to have it shipped. Patterson said the Tiesi family and father Justin Pino both offered to pay to have it shipped.
Borough Secretary/Treasurer Joanne McGarvey said the borough could afford it. She is finishing the paperwork.
Upon hearing that Michael "Chip" Clarkson made a motion to pay for the shipping with a second from Michelle Whetstone, the motion carried unanimously.
There will also be a plaque installed with the artifact and possibly at a later time some sort of a memorial service.
Council thanked state Rep. Camille "Bud" George for his help obtaining that artifact.
"The family of Mary Ellen Tiesi, an Irvona native killed in the 9-11 attack, the borough and the entire area are overjoyed with the news," George said in an e-mail just before leaving office. "You've made many people very happy, including me."
Council reviewed the 2013 budget, but before adopting it, heard a request from McGarvey asking for a raise.
She noted she has been doing a lot of extra work that is time consuming. McGarvey then left the room so council could discuss her request.
Upon her returning, council agreed to give her a $100 a month pay increase.
The motion to grant the raise was made by Clarkson with a second from Dan Smith; it was unanimous.
She was very appreciative of the increase and thanked council.
She then adjusted the budget, which shows the borough anticipating $112,275 in revenue and $104,885 in expenses.
The millage will remain at 26. The street budget is $17,797.96 and it will all be spent.
The budget was accepted with a motion from Herman Smith and a second from Whetstone.
It was accepted unanimously.
In other business, council:
• heard the new borough website is http://www.irvonaborough.com/.
• heard the new borough truck is in and ready to go. Council also agreed to purchase decals for the doors of the vehicle.
• was informed that Central PA Community Action Inc. will be returning to do taxes in the borough for anyone who makes less than $50,000. A day of the week and a time will be announced when the schedule is finalized.
• voted to appoint Leslie Noel as the assistant secretary/treasurer for the Irvona Recreation Authority.
• will get the borough employees a $50 gift certificate for Leyo's Supermarket for Christmas.
• heard there have been some problems with the land acquisition from William Oshall. Council is buying land that will expand Elderberry Park.
• agreed to send a letter of thanks to George for all of the work he has done for the borough over the years.
• paid its dues for the Clearfield County Economic Development Corp.
• tabled signing the contract with Irvona Fire Co. for fire protection until they review the new borough code book.
• will open the bids for the flood levee drainage project at the January meeting.
• was informed a new school bus crossing sign will be relocated so it can be seen better from state Route 53.
• heard from Donna Morrison, who is working to renovate the veteran's memorial monument at the park and she has asked Patterson to help find a company to do the plaque.