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Vol. 124 No. 7

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Northern Cambria, Pa.

NC Borough awards garbage bids to Hugill Sanitation

By Amber Stich

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At its monthly council meeting on Monday, Feb. 13, Northern Cambria Borough awarded the garbage/refuse and annual spring trash pickup bids for the residents in the borough. Previously, Northern Cambria borough took care of the resident’s trash removal itself, but council began looking into bids from other companies to see if they had better options. Council opened bids at previous meetings but postponed making a decision until a later date so council members could further review the bids and weigh their options. The addition of hazardous waste removal to the bid seemed to bring in too many variables for council to consider when comparing costs, so council re-advertised its bids

removing that item. At this month’s meeting, a motion was made to award the bid to Hugill Sanitation, Inc. for a three year period, from June 1 through May 31, 2020, as per bid results opened on Jan. 9 and pending approval from American Federation of State, County, and Municipal employees AFL – CLO, Council 83. Council president Rita Montanaro said there would be no change to the cost residents pay with this new business collecting trash. Montanaro also stated that the borough would be selling its garbage truck. When asked about having this new service collect trash instead of the borough, council member Vince Terrizzi said overall it was worth it. He said the cost of service SEE BID, PAGE 9A

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Susq. Twp. hears concerns on code enforcement in area

By Amber Stich

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Susquehanna Township supervisors heard an update from police officer Jason Owens at their Feb. 7 meeting regarding a property that had junk cars and trash that was becoming a concern in the township. Owens informed the supervisors that the property that the junk is on is partially township property. He explained because the junk vehicles were unlicensed, the police could remove them, but the township would have to decide

how to approach the other trash. Solicitor Alex Svirsko said that the township could write a letter and give the resident an order to remove the trash or the township could turn the issue over to the Code Enforcement Agency for property maintenance violations. Supervisor Francine Ligda said while she would like to send the residents a letter, she doesn’t know if that is the best solution. Ligda said she feels that the supervisors should make a decision that they can follow for other code enforcement issues in the future. She said that the township has code enforcement to solve these issues, so it should use that tool. “When someone blocks [the township] right of way,” Svirsko said, “We have a right to get it off of there.” SEE CODE, PAGE 5A

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Spangler fire chief confronts Susq. Twp. on company being cut from area contract

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Northern Cambria High School students Leigha Hoffman (left), Lizzy Mattice, Cheyanne Myers, and Carina Bearer show off their parachute design created during the Penn State Engineering Ambassadors’ visit to the high school on Feb. 8. Photo by Amber Sitch.

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Students Xavier Jackson (left) and Angelo Carrupa use teamwork to create their parachute after learning about wind resistance and velocity during the Penn State Engineering Ambassadors’ visit to the high school on Feb. 8. Photo by Amber Sitch.

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At their Feb. 7 meeting, Susquehanna Township supervisors heard from Spangler fire chief Paul Demi about the township’s recent decision to remove Spangler Fire Company from the Susquehanna Township fire protection contract. Demi wrote a letter that was read at the meeting addressing his concerns and asked the supervisors to rethink their decision. He also mentioned that the Spangler Fire Company continues to respond to the Susquehanna Township area because they are concerned for the safety of the residents. Supervisor Francine Ligda responded by saying that safety is a main concern for the supervisors as well, and the fact that at that time the township had no

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police force was a big issue for the supervisors. She also pointed out that the supervisors had not made this decision to remove the fire department without consideration. Ligda explained the supervisors held a few meetings with the fire companies and other emergency services personnel as well as an open forum so the fire company and public could discuss the decision before enacting it. She said that Spangler Fire Company did not send word or attend that meeting when the contract was signed. Demi said that he was not chief at that time, but his concern was for the increase in fire response time for certain residents in the township. Ligda asked Demi if he had factual proof of the delay with response times because she would like to see that information. Demi did not have it with

him, but he did have call lists. He also said that the difference was common sense, as Hope Fire Company is farther from certain areas. Ligda said that the supervisors were considering how to best protect their residents with the money that they have and cutting one of the fire companies that cover Susquehanna Township seemed to be a good trade, as they could then use those funds toward getting a police force in the area. She also mentioned that Spangler Fire Company only responded to three calls in the township during the last year they were contracted. Demi said that the fire company is not just for fire protection, it can also provide fast response emergency medical care for residents before an ambulance can arrive and that response times are


Northern Cambria students Jacob Sudmont (front) Garrett Krug (second row, left), John Paronish, Isaac Homady, (back row) Cade Hassen, and Alex Kirsh show off their completed water filtration project, which they built together during the Penn State Engineering Ambassadors’ visit to the school on Feb. 8. Photo by Amber Sitch.

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