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Tarentum set to hire new, experienced code enforcement officer

Brian C. Rittmeyer
Jack Fordyce | Tribune-Review
Tarentum Borough welcome sign.

Tarentum Council is set to hire a new code enforcement officer for the borough.

The candidate has not yet been identified, but is said to be an experienced person currently working in another municipality.

Borough Manager Michael Nestico cited that person’s experience as justification for a $53,000 annual salary, which he said is on the high end but “reasonable” for the credentials and qualifications the candidate possesses.

“Where we are in our community, I think it merits that,” he told council Tuesday. “You get what you pay for.”

Council is set to approve the hiring at its meeting Thursday. It may also act to approve an employment agreement and a job description.

If approved, the new hire would start on Jan. 2, Nestico said.

Tarentum has been without a code enforcement officer since Chris Fabec resigned earlier this year. Fabec also was a borough police officer. Council accepted his resignation from both positions in July.

Nestico said the candidate being considered looks to be a “great fit” for Tarentum. He said the person will be able to come in and start enforcing codes, handling inspections and addressing building and property maintenance issues immediately.

Councilman Tim Cornuet said he is excited about the candidate, who he said will be able to address needs that have not been met for several months.

Cornuet said the borough will save potentially thousands of dollars by not having to pay for training.

“This is what the community has been calling for,” he said. “Blight is overtaking us. We can’t let this go on.”

Councilwoman Carrie Fox said council should not delay in bringing the new code enforcement officer on.

“It’s really a necessity,” she said.

Brian Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, [email protected] or via Twitter @BCRittmeyer.

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