Council talks homecoming, McKean ambulance

Category:  News
Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 at 1:46 PM

On Monday, the Home Rule Borough of Edinboro town council met for its monthly meeting at the Edinboro Municipal Building.

McKean Ambulance Improvement

During the meeting’s public participation portion, McKean Township Supervisor, Brian Cooper, presented a plan to improve and mobilize their town ambulance.

The ambulance would serve McKean, Edinboro and other surrounding municipalities.

Cooper asked for one payment of $1,481 to mobilize and upgrade the vehicle. The ambulance would serve as a backup advanced life support to the one Edinboro currently has and would save them from a scenario in which they would have to pay an ambulance to come from an outside organization, which Cooper estimated to be about $400 per trip. After Cooper’s pitch, council members decided their best course of action was to follow up with a financial evaluation before they made a final decision on the matter.

The other municipalities that were approached about the matter have agreed to help McKean Township; Edinboro will make their decision next week.

Homecoming Festivities

Jason Spangenberg, finance director, explained how this year’s homecoming parade and festivities will have a bit more to offer. Similar to Edinboro’s block party, there will be vendors and local organizations set up, as well as live music that will begin at 12:45 p.m., playing until 7 p.m. Headlining the show will be Erie band, Eric Brewer and Friends. Twelve vendors have been confirmed for the event.

Construction

Borough Manager Kevin Opple spoke on multiple matters during the meeting, including construction for road work and fire department water lines. He stated after Hilltop Road was patched up, there would be no more major work that would need to be done.

Opple elaborated on some of the terminology for road evaluation, citing OPI as the main unit of measurement for determining the value of a road at the time.

Depending on the number, evaluators decided on how dire repairs may be.

He also said the fire department is currently digging the well for building water lines and making good progress.

Financial Standings

Another announcement from Spangenberg showed investments by the municipality had been positive. He cited this as the first time in a decade they haven’t had to use taxpayer money for the pensions.

“Investments are doing that well,” Spangenberg said.

Michael Lantinen is the sports editor for The Spectator. He can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com.

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