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By Margaret L. Smykla
Contributing Writer 

Mt. Oliver Boro adopts Narcan policy, police now trained to carry and use it


Last updated 5/22/2017 at 5:37pm

Vice-president Nick Viglione conducted the May 15 meeting of Mt. Oliver council in the absence of council President Amber McGough.

In the police report for April, Mayor James Cassidy reported there were 602 total calls and 37 drug-related arrests, the latter for the seizure of marijuana, crack cocaine, heroin, and drug paraphernalia.

There were also 18 domestic calls, one accident report, eight criminal mischief reports and eight fights. Five burglaries were reported on Hays and Amanda avenues and Locust and Anthony streets.

The police department served seven arrest warrants, including on a male who sold heroin to undercover officers.

All officers are trained in the use of Narcan, a prescription medication that immediately reverses the effects of a potentially fatal overdose.

The K-9 units were used 10 times, including for park-and-walks, drug searches, traffic stops, building searches, and targeted patrols.

All computers are up and running. All surveillance cameras are operating properly.

In the engineer’s report, council voted to move forward with bidding for the Anthony St. sanitary sewer replacement project. The borough was awarded a Small Sewer and Water Projects grant for the project through the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

Council also approved an estimate from Allegheny Fence for a fence and guardrail at the Walnut St. parking lot for $9,300.

In the fire report for April, there were 58 calls, of which 42 were EMS incidents and 16 were fire incidents. The Red Cross is helping the displaced occupants of a recent Ormsby Ave. fire.

In the code enforcement report from inspector Chuck Knaus for April, there were 16 borough citations issued, five legal filings, 21 rental licenses issued (47 units), 97 violation/notices sent, 10 complaints received, two building permits issued, one demolition permit issued, three occupancy permits issues; and three condemnation notices sent.

Councilman David Beltz said if anyone observes uncut grass and/or neglected yards, to call the borough with the address.

In the public safety report, police Chief Matt Juzwick said officers monitored Ottillia St. traffic for a week, and only one car was stopped for a violation. There have been residents’ complaints about speeding, etc., in the area. The mayor said officers may return there in the future.

Council then voted 6-0 approve the Narcan policy, which provides borough officers with guidelines for administering nasal Naloxone.

Briefly, it will be carried in patrol vehicles for the treatment of drug overdose victims. The goal is to provide immediate assistance via the use of naloxone where appropriate, to provide any treatment commensurate with their training as first responders, to assist other EMS personnel on the scene, and to handle any criminal investigations that may arise.

Fatal and nonfatal overdose can result from the abuse of opiates like morphine, heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone, and hydrocodone.

There is no financial cost to the borough.

In the public works report, Councilman Justin Viale said two part-time employees were hired for the summer, and there may be more. The soccer nets were erected. Saint Joseph St. was cleaned up. There are 50 tons of salt to carry over for next winter.

In the economic development report, Councilwoman Barbara Keener reminded everyone the borough’s 125th Anniversary celebration will be held from 2-8 p.m. on Aug. 5 at Transverse Park.

She said old photographs will be displayed in the former pet shop. Residents are asked to donate photos of old-time businesses and people.

The borough is also looking for ideas for the design of tee-shirts with the 125th Anniversary theme, “Remember, Reimagine, and Revitalize.”

Under resolutions, council voted 6-0 to appoint borough manager Rick Hopkinson as the designated official for the FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Disaster Assistance Program.

In the questions and answers session which concluded the meeting, resident/former councilman Frank Bernardini said “sixty-five percent is not acceptable,” referring to the amount of borough taxes paid so far this year. The number was quoted earlier in the meeting.

“Thirty-five percent are dragging their feet,” he said.

If the taxes are not paid by June 30, a penalty is added on. Unpaid bills are eventually turned over to the Keystone Collections Group for collection.

Mr. Bernardini also said the borough should publish the list of delinquents, including for non-payment of garbage bills.

“There is no excuse when this goes on and on and on,” he said. Mr. Viglione agreed, saying some residents have been getting away with not paying taxes or fees for years.

The next council meeting will be on June 19.


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