New plow truck, rental ordinances & Manchester Room
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Trafford Council is moving forward with the purchase of a new truck that will be used for snow removal to replace one that is totaled.
Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to buy a 2015 four-wheel-drive truck through a state purchasing contract for $77,065.
The cost will be offset by $23,588 from an insurance company to cover the value of a 2003 dump truck that crashed in icy conditions on Jan. 3.
Without the 2003 truck, the borough was down to two vehicles, including a two-wheel-drive truck that officials said couldn’t be used on about 70 percent of borough roads.
Council also approved a three-year financing plan, with payments starting in 2016.
It will require payments of $19,260 per year. Councilman Jay Race suggested the shorter term because officials soon will have to consider replacing a 15-year-old truck, too.
“I don’t think it’s going to be a good idea to carry two truck payments at one time,” Race said.
After two other candidates pulled out, council is considering a proposal from Mascaro’s Catering in Verona to manage the Manchester Room.
The business also manages Kingston Hall in Wilkins Township, the West Deer Banquet Hall, Penn Hills No. 7 Banquet Room, among other venues.
As officials decide whether to hire Mascaro’s or seek more proposals, council already has committed to letting Trafford Emergency Medical Service to use the room for free to host fish-fry fundraisers on Ash Wednesday and Lenten Fridays.
A new regulated rental ordinance now is on the books in Trafford.
Council voted unanimously to pass an ordinance that creates a “three-strikes” policy that will involve police meeting with a resident or property owner if they are called three times to a residence within a three-month span.
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