Big Run council hires new code enforcement officer

BIG RUN — Big Run Borough Council dismissed its code enforcement officer and hired a new one during its monthly meeting.

Council President Nick Lantz called for an executive session near the close of last Monday's meeting to discuss the status of code enforcement officer David Rouch.

Following an executive discussion by council members, the meeting reconvened, and Lantz announced that council would replace Rouch due to his unavailability. Council then approved a motion to relieve Rouch of his duties and send him a certified letter informing him of his dismissal.

Council approved a second motion to hire Harold Bruner — who is also the part-time caretaker of the War Memorial — as the new code enforcement officer.

Lantz said council members have tried to contact Rouch over the last few weeks to no avail.

"With the spring clean up season about to arrive, we need our code enforcement officer more than ever," he said.

Council also approved purchasing new magnetic signs for Bruner to place on his vehicle while on duty, as well as running an ad seeking a part-time maintenance worker to replace him.

Also last Monday:
• Council member John Niver said despite news of a high number of delinquent sewer bills in other municipalities, that's not the case with the Big Run Area Municipal Authority (BRAMA).

"There is no chronic delinquency at BRAMA. Any customer who is over 60 days past due is contacted by collections," he said, adding that Rural Utility Services (RUS) has complimented BRAMA on its high collection rate.

Niver said BRAMA is not carrying or paying for sewer customers who are behind on their bills.

Any sewer customer who falls behind on his or her payment is subject to $130 in penalties.

• Council approved an ordinance prohibiting Marcellus Shale drilling within the borough limits.

Lantz said the borough was advised to have an existing ordinance in case drilling ever became an issue.

• Niver reported that traffic flow will be restored on the Route 119 bridge project by June 1.

Niver said he would ask PennDOT if the borough could receive some of the leftover materials when the temporary road is removed.

• Council gave Niver permission to construct a concrete base around a stop sign located at the intersection of Mitchell and Brown Street.
Niver said the sign has been knocked over numerous times in the last several months.

• Niver said the dike on the Mahoning Creek passed an inspection by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The borough would be placed on the list for future dredging projects, he said.

• Lantz said a sidewalk project will begin once surveys are completed, which is expected to be at the end of April.

• Council approved the Big Run Betas holding their its annual Easter Egg Hunt from 2 to 4 p.m. April 17 at Veterans' Park.

• Tony Adamczyk said he investigated as to whether an independent candidate may run for a seat on borough council.

Adamczyk said he was told that all independent candidates must go to the Jefferson County Commission office, obtain a petition and gather signatures just as a candidate who is running as a member of a political party would.

• Council approved purchasing cleaning supplies and a push broom from Clearfield Wholesale.

• Council voted not to obtain a dumpster to dispose of scrap metal.
• After much discussion, council approved buying 10 resin tables at a cost of $90 each for the War Memorial.

Lantz and council member Denise Elliott voted no, with council members Rick Rinehart, John Smeal and Niver voting in favor of the motion.
The next Big Run Council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, April 18, at the War Memorial.