The Fairview Township Board of Supervisors held its first meeting of the year Jan. 4, led by newly appointed Chairman Michael Iorio. He was voted into this position during the board’s reorganization meeting, held just before the brief regular meeting.
David Hourigan, president of the Mountaintop Hose Company, spoke to the board about the fire department’s work in 2015. In December, 23 calls were answered, bringing the total number of calls for 2015 to 233. That yearly total is about 50 more calls that the hose company has ever received before, Hourigan related, and he speculated that this is due to an increase in assisting other agencies.
“We’ve had some serious incidents, but we haven’t had any major catastrophes, so that’s a good thing,” Hourigan said of 2015, adding that donors and funds raised were down in the past year and the hose company hopes to turn that around in 2016. “We look forward to continuing to serve the community,” he added.
The Fairview Police Department answered 198 calls in December, reported Supervisor Robert Orloski, which included 10 motor-vehicle accidents and four thefts. Nine traffic citations were issued last month and officers attended an Active Shooter Training course at Crestwood High School, which educated them on how to handle the situation of the school coming under attack.
Giving the Roadmaster’s report, Supervisor Russ Marhold spoke about the road crew working recently to handle freezing rain on township roads. Some trees also fell due to high winds and the crew cleared the debris, he said.
Changes to the zoning law are still being drafted, Solicitor Donald Karpowich remarked, with amendments to the changes being made as a result of planning commission review. The board hopes to approve the new changes at its March meeting, with a public hearing anticipated for February.
The board received a letter from the Mountain Top Area Community Ambulance Association, thanking the township for donating $1,000 to the organization, reported Secretary Barbara Wasiakowski.
She also read a letter from the Crestwood High School PTSA, requesting a donation of $250 for the annual senior lock-in event and the board unanimously voted to make this contribution. The lock-in is scheduled for June 10, from 10 p. m. to 6 a. m., and is an event meant to encourage seniors to celebrate graduation in a safe, drug-free environment.
In other business, the board appointed Kovalchik, Kollar and Co. to perform the township’s 2015 audit, at a cost of $4,575.
The board also appointed Pat Iorio, wife of Chairman Michael Iorio who abstained the vote, to serve on the Mountaintop Area Joint Sanitary Authority for five years.