S. Fayette approves purchase of new township vehicles

Published Jul 18, 2013 at 4:25 pm (Updated Jul 19, 2013 at 10:10 am)

South Fayette Commissioners officially approved moving forward on the purchase of several vehicles for the parks and recreation and public works departments. At the July 17 meeting, the board unanimously approved the purchases at a total not to exceed $35,000. Commissioner Joseph Horowitz was absent.

Among the items approved was a trailer for hauling the township’s large lawnmower to the parks. Township Manager Ryan Eggleston said that parks and recreation employees have been driving the mower along the road to Fairview Park, which is not the preferred method for transporting the mower.

Eggleston said the cost of the trailer is not to exceed $4,600. Other items approved for the parks and recreation department is a used truck for the parks and recreation director at a cost not to exceed $8,000, a used truck for the crew at a cost not to exceed $10,000, and a riding mower to be used exclusively at Morgan Park at a cost not to exceed $12,000.

“This is equipment Butch felt was necessary,” Eggleston said, referring to parks and recreation director Butch Truitt.

The items will be paid for out of the township’s capital reserve funds.

The board also approved the purchase of a used vehicle for the public works department’s sign crew at a cost not to exceed $7,100. Sam Trantor, public works director for the township, said the vehicle is needed so that the worker installing the signs around the township can work more efficiently and not have to take his equipment in and out of whatever truck is left for him to use on a particular day.

Tobacco-free parks

The board unanimously approved to designate all township parks, playgrounds and picnic areas as tobacco-free zones. The effort is part of Tobacco-free Allegheny, which will provide signage for the tobacco-free zones to the township free of charge.

Eggleston said that anyone caught violating the tobacco-free policy will be immediately removed from the area and could be subject to a fine up to $600.

EAC Vacancies

The board named David Pope to the township’s Environmental Advisory Council; however the township is looking to fill two more vacancies on that board. The EAC works at the direction of the township board of commissioners and is an extension of the township staff to research environmental issues.

Residents interested in serving on the EAC can contact the township at 412-221-8700.

Meeting Continued

After an executive session, the board voted to continue the meeting at 5 p.m. July 24 for general business purposes.

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