A roll call vote Monday night at the monthly Ellwood City Council meeting approved the purchase of an additional protective vest for Mayor Tony Court. The purchase of the vest was recommended by the chief of police for use during police surges, survelliences, forced entries, and seizures where the mayor may be present.
Councilman Ralph Chiappetta and council president Anthony DeCarbo opposed the $850 purchase, citing it as unnecessary. DeCarbo followed with an opinion that he feels the mayor should not be in the field with the officers during these surges, believing it would be an extra burden on the police officiers.
Others in the council approved the purchase with councilman John Todorich voting in favor based on the recommendation of the police chief.
ALSO: Borough Manager Dom Viccari continues to voice concern over the amount of leaves and grass being pushed into the roadways that continue to back up the storm drains in the borough. Viccari voiced a strong statement to the residents urging for home owners to pick up leaves and utilize the yard waste bins and leaf bags made available by the borough.
Yard waste pick-ups are scheduled for the week of October 24 and November 7. After thoese dates the Borough will begin the pick-up of leaf bags on Mondays continuing through November. Leaf bags for grass clipping and leaf overage are available at the Municipal Building at a cost of 5 bags for $2.50.