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Big Run eyes hiring Sykesville officer part-time

September 19, 2011

The Big Run War Memorial. (Photo by Larry McGuire/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

BIG RUN — Monday, Big Run Mayor Joe Buterbaugh provided information to borough council about hiring a part-time police officer to help slow down speeding vehicles in the borough.

Buterbaugh said at Monday’s council meeting that he learned from Sykesville Borough Council that it was in the process of hiring another part-time police officer and has a police cruiser for sale. He also spoke with Sykesville Council members about the possibility of hiring one of its officers to patrol in Big Run.

Big Run Council President Nick Lantz said he felt the best way to go was to hire one of Sykesville’s officers and pay that borough for his services. He also said there is some grant money available that might help Big Run purchase a used police vehicle.

Buterbaugh said he would investigate the further possibility of hiring Big Run’s own part-time officer.

In other business:
• Tony Adamczyk asked council if he could continue mowing the grass on the dike at the Mahoning Creek after being told by another resident that wasn’t the case.

Lantz said council member John Niver would look into whether there were any specifications prohibiting Adamczyk from mowing, even though another property owner told him that he couldn’t.

Niver said he would speak with Solicitor Jay Lundy and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about the borough’s easement, which is used to inspect the dike.

Adamczyk said he would like to continue to mow it since many people walk the dike for exercise and as a short route into town.

• Council member Rick Rinehart said he and Marlin Rearick, borough maintenance worker, noticed a problem with those who rent the War Memorial and put garbage down the drains in the kitchen, which plugs up the system.

Rinehart said he would like to explore purchasing a garbage disposal for the kitchen sink.

Lantz said first, he would like to see a sign posted in the War Memorial kitchen asking people to not put garbage down the drain, and told Rinehart to price some garbage disposals.

Council approved Rinehart buying drain cleaner for the sink.

Also Monday, council:
• Approved council member John Smeal purchasing a dozen light bulbs for exit signs at the War Memorial.

• Approved the Big Run Cub Scouts to hold a Native American night at the War Memorial Nov. 16.

• Approved the purchase of another “No motorized vehicles” sign to be placed at the end of the dike wall at a cost of $100.

• Approved Chuck Reed installing new doors on the borough’s dump truck. Smeal said he would install them for the same price.

The next Big Run Council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17 in the basement of the War Memorial building.

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