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Carrolltown Borough talks grant process for new police vehicle

Vol. 125 No. 1

USPS 044-380

By Kristin Baudoux

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At the council’s Jan. 4 meeting, Carrolltown Borough manager Lonnie Batdorf mentioned that he was looking to obtain a grant for a new police vehicle through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Although the grant application process requires a large amount of paperwork, Batdorf said he believes the borough can handle the process without having to hire an outside agent to complete the application. “I feel that it’s something that we can do in house,” Batdorf said. The grant program from the USDA would be a combination grant and loan, however, the borough will not know the portion that would be covered by the

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grant until later in the process. Batdorf said the amount designated for the grant portion is not a set amount, but is instead based on a cost range. Carrolltown Borough has previously pursued this program a few years ago to purchase a police vehicle, but had used an outside agent to obtain the grant, resulting in extra fees. Batdorf mentioned, however, that the grant/loan process can take at least 10 months to a year to complete. He said if the council did not want to wait that long, then its best bet would be to pursue a loan through a bank or financial institution instead. “There’s nothing we can do to speed that up,” he said. Council president Luke Baker said that waiting several months to receive grant funding would be

All State Team

Cambria Heights senior Ian Eckenrode was named to the 2020 Pennsylvania Football Sports Writers All State Team for his efforts this past season. As a linebacker with the Highlanders, Eckenrode led Heights into the district championship game and was the area leader in sacks, tackles for loss and fumble recoveries. Photo by Calem Illig.

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better in the long run if the borough could get $10,000 to $15,000 in grant funds. To get the grant process started, the council made and approved a motion to authorize Batdorf to begin the application process for the USDA grant. As for the vehicle, police chief Jeff McEvoy provided the council with a quotes from Tri Star and Laurel Auto Group for both a Ford Explorer and a Dodge Durango. At the time of the meeting, McEvoy was also waiting to receive an updated quote for a Durango from McCall Motors as well. Both Tri Star and Laurel quoted McEvoy $33,235 for the Explorer and $33,120 for the Durango. In addition to the vehicle pricing, McEvoy also received a SEE VEHICLE, PAGE 15

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District 6 Chorus

Kayla Boring (left) and Rebecca Perrone qualified for the PMEA District 6 Chorus Festival. Auditions were held virtually. Boring placed third among the Alto 1 auditioners, and Rebecca Perrone placed eighth among Soprano 2s. Both Boring and Perrone are eligible for the state festival. Submitted photos.

Life members

The Carrolltown Fire Engine Company presented life memberships to three members for their years of dedication and service to the community. President Chuck Deckard (third, left) presented the memberships to members Eric Sell (left), Skip Jarvis and Frank Kirsch Dec. 31 at the Carrolltown Fire Company Social Hall and Club. Submitted photo.

Fire safety especially important during winter months

By Allie Byers

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As colder temperatures prevail, heating sources are a necessity, and with that comes a great deal of responsibility to safely heat a home. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), half of all home heating fires occur in December, January and February.

With that comes a great deal of responsibility

The FEMA website also states that one in every seven home fires and one in every five home fire deaths involve heating equipment. As many individuals are turning to portable heaters and fire places for warmer homes, there are a number of safety precautions that can be taken. “Heaters should have tip-over protection and should be plugged into an electrical outlet and not a surge protector,” said treasurer of the Gallitzin Fire Company Christopher Cox. “Heaters should be kept three feet away from anything that

can burn.” Only one heating appliance, like a space heater, should be plugged into an electrical outlet at a time. As far as fireplaces, Cox stated that a glass or metal screen should be kept in front of the fireplace to prevent embers or sparks from jumping out. A wood stove should also be at least three feet away from anything that can burn. “Put the fire out before you go to sleep or leave your home,” Cox added. There are a number of items that a homeowner can do to help

prevent fires and assist the fire department during the winter season, once of which is inspection. “People should have a qualified professional clean and inspect their chimney and vents every year,” said Cox. “[They] should have a qualified professional also provide routine service and cleaning of their furnaces.” Storing ashes in a metal container at least 10 feet away from their home and away from nearby buildings and ventilation systems is another way a homeowner can cut back on fires.

Generators should never be used inside the home and ovens should not be used as a heating source. “Homeowners should ensure that they have functioning smoke detectors at least on every floor of their home as well as carbon monoxide alarms,” Cox said. “These alarms should be tested once a month.” Having an escape plan for their home in case of a fire is also pertinent. Cox stated that practicing “E.D.I.T.H.” or “exit drills in the home” is important.

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