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Osceola Mills Boro writes check to fire company
Thursday, January 17, 2013
By Wendy Lynn Brion Staff Writer
OSCEOLA MILLS - The Osceola Mills Borough Council last night held a special meeting to discuss the annual donation to the Columbia Fire Co. as well as personnel issues.
The fire company requested its annual donation of $3,500 before Jan. 1, but council members said they could not do that. So a meeting was held last night to decide on making the contribution early and whether to contribute the entire amount.
The fire company is intending to combine $2,500 of the money with contributions from Rush and Decatur townships to make a payment on the fire truck, which is due this weekend.
After some discussion, council voted to give the entire $3,500 donation now with council member Eric Bezilla delivering the check after the meeting. All were in favor. Council member James Coval was absent.
After the vote, council member Ed Blakely remarked that the fire company's bylaws state that the chief or a representative will attend council meetings each month and no one has been coming to the meetings.
Council has indicated in the past that it would like the fire company to present these requests and concerns in person instead of via letter or word of mouth.
Council then held an executive session concerning personnel. After the executive session, council voted to hire Alex Hynd at 40 hours per week at $9.50 per hour pending clearance from his doctor. If Hynd's doctor clears him for work and he is hired, council then voted to keep Shawn Owen as a part-time worker at least 20 hours per week or more if needed.
Both votes were three to one with Bezilla, Blakely and Carol Cowher voting yes and Helen Blake voting no.
The next meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday.
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