Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Tarentum Borough Council: honors given to police and mayor

Honors were given out at the Tarentum Borough Council meeting last night.

Tarentum Police Chief presents Ryan Hanford and Robert Lang to receive award.Tim Cornuet, Tarentum's Emergency Management Coordinator, was present to give awards for heroism to Ryan Hanford and Robert Lang, who had risked their lives to rescue residents of Rachel Carson Hall in a fire on April 30, 2006. Without the protective gear used by firefighters these police officers made repeated trips into thick smoke on the sixth, seventh and eighth floors of the building to rescue residents.

They were given framed certificates that commended their actions, and lapel pins that they are to wear on their uniforms. There was applause through the room when the awards were given.

Tarentum Mayor James E. WolfeThe Council honored Mayor James E. Wolfe by passing a resolution to name the new skatepark after him. The vote was taken in a spirit of love and humor. Councilman Joe Davidek said, "I'm glad we named the park after him because he was dead set against it."

From comments in the meeting it appears that the mayor is at least suspending judgment on whether the skateboard park will turn out to be the grave disaster he had opposed so strongly.

Councilwoman Sopcak informed the Council that some local skaters had told her they were disappointed that they were not included in the process of naming the skatepark.

There was applause through the room when the Council voted to give Mayor Wolfe's name to the skatepark.

In other business that evening the Council appointed Eric Carter, the Mayor's grandson and an active member of the Recreation Board, to fill the vacant Second Ward seat. The vote was a 3-3 tie, which the Mayor broke by casting the deciding vote. After the election Mr. Carter was duly sworn in.

Fred Killingsworth gave a presentation to the Council from TekCollect, a collection service that was proposing to work with the borough's tax office.

The Council passed a motion to make Borough employees and elected officials respnsible for any charges incurred by the borough for missed conferences, meetings, etc.

The Council approved a pole attachment agreement with Nick Chevrolet for a data line to connect buildings on opposite ends of West Seventh Ave.

The Council voted to send a letter to Allegheny County 911 to ask for acceptance into the County 911 Center. Tarentum's dispatch is losing the participation of the other nearby municipalities, so Tarentum's dispatch center will close. Residents should observe no change in how their calls for emergency assistance are handled, whether they call 911 or the old number for Tarentum Dispatch.

A motion to permit Police Chief Vakulick to be absent from Council meetings failed after extensive debate.

The Council appointed Tom Benecki as its agent between Tarentum Borough and the Department of Community & Economic Development. The Council also passed a resolution regarding Slums and Blight.

The Council approved Ordinance 06-07 concerning standards for conversion of single family to two family dwellings.

The traffic island at W. Sixth and Grantham Street will be removed at no cost to the borough.

The Council approved the Gatto Block Party on July 14-15, 2007.

There were citizen comments at the conclusion of the meeting. One citizen was concerned about the removal of a number of trees in Tarentum, particularly along 6th Avenue. Borough manager William Rossey explained that a thin and easily-removed piece of concrete was poured over the holes for safety while the Borough researches what type of tree would be best for those locations.

The Holiday Parade is going to include the Shriners with their little cars.

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Anonymous said...

I heard that next month they're going to name the senior citizen assisted living place across the street after Jeff Revilla.

Stewart said...

Hmmm. You must have better connections than I do. I'll keep my ear to the ground (which should be easy to do if I try standing on my skateboard) and see if I hear anything like that.

sonnysarver said...

All kidding aside folks. The man has done much for Tarentum. People do change. Give him a break.

Anonymous??? Come on post a name.

Still anonymous said...

I personally like Mayor Wolfe and respect him for all the service he's given Tarentum.

I just think the irony of naming this skatepark after him is laughable.

Surely, there's a more appropriate way to honor his contributions to the borough.

Anonymous said...

I agree, the Mayor has accoplished any things in this town. But, don't you think in all honesty as opposed as he is to this skate park that a more fitting name could have been given with a small plaque in honor of the Mayor?


Stewart said...

The skatepark may turn out to be the last major public works project that Tarentum borough will be able to name as a memorial during Mayor Wolfe's political career. I was amazed by the decision to name the skatepark after him, but not with disapproval.

Words fail me in trying to describe the sheer hilarity of the decision to name the park after him. The VND article on the groundbreaking referred to naming the park after Mayor Wolfe as "ironic". This decision goes so far beyond irony.

It tickles my funny bone to think that 30 years from now some young Tarentum skateboarder may turn to his or her parent and ask "Who is this James E. Wolfe" that the park is named for?"

And the parent will respond with smile and an explanation that includes a recitation of Mayor Wolfe's "I'm a hundred percent opposed" speech.

It is a shame that the borough may not get a chance to put his name on something significant that he supported.

Anonymous said...

It reminded me of the irony in naming the second airport in Washington, D.C. after Ronald Reagan.

(He crushed the air traffic controllers union, for those of you too young to remember.)

sonnysarver said...

I am old enough to remember and I also know that it was in the contract that if you strike then you don't have a job. That is the way it was. Amazing how far this has gone. As I have said before and I will say it again. People change. Yes there may be a better thing to honor the Mayor but so be it. Move on, life is too short to let something like this be what bothers your day. Come on anonymous smile God loves you too.

Anonymous said...

Oh, don't misunderstand me Sonny.

Being upset by Tarentum Council and making fun of them are two entirely different things.