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Pep rally returns to Kulpmont

KULPMONT — Kulpmont will be filled with team spirit for the first time since 1963, when Mount Carmel Area School District holds its pre-Coal Bucket game pep rally and bonfire at the West End Fire Co., Thursday, Oct. 26.

Council President Bruno Varano announced at Tuesday’s council meeting that Greg Sacavage, Mount Carmel’s athletic director, requested that the annual pep rally be held following the borough Halloween parade that night.

Council voted to close Maple Street for the pep rally and said decisions on the bonfire must be approved by West End officials. Varano said the activities will begin around 8:30 p.m.

The borough is moving forward with reforming a police civil service commission by approving three members to serve two- to six-year terms. Unanimously approved for a two-year term was Richie Clayberger, and Dennis Lentini for a four-year term.

Varano was approved for a six-year term with a 5-1 vote, with Councilman Walter Lutz voting no. Varano explained after the term of each appointment ends, all posts become six-year terms.

The borough has been seeking to add additional full-timers to its police department, which currently employs two full-time officers. To do so, borough code states a commission must be in place. Approval to reform the commission was unanimous at the September meeting.

Police Chief Patrick McAndrew told council Mount Carmel Acting Police Chief Christopher Buhay included Kulpmont and Mount Carmel Township in a $10,000 grant that was awarded for the purchasing of cellphone reading equipment.

McAndrew said there is around $1,900 of the grant remaining and asked council to contribute $500 to send an officer to be trained on using the equipment so they no longer need to rely on State Police at Stonington to extract content from a cell phone. Council unanimously approved his request.

The Kulpmont Fire Department will receive $11,054.75 as part of the 2017 state aid allocation from the Volunteer Fire Relief Association. Fire Chief Kevin O’Hearn said it is the lowest amount they have received for as long as he can remember.

The department was turned down for a grant that would have allowed it to replace turnout gear. O’Hearn said they used the assistance of a grant writer to apply, and because they were denied the writer will contribute their services against next year. He said the gear used now is nearly 15 years old and, if not approved next year, the department will have to find a way to pay for nearly $150,000 in new gear.

Plans for a pedestrian footbridge connecting Seventh and Fir streets to Veterans Memorial Field have been submitted to Tri-County Cog and a building date is scheduled for Nov. 4, with a rain date of Nov. 11. 

Council Vice President Stephen Motyka said he will be ordering donation plaques to recognize everyone who donated to the Veterans Memorial Field renovation project, which included the installation of park benches and dog walking waste stations.

 In other news

• Food surplus will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Oct. 19.

• Trick or treat will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.