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Peddler Permit Problems Plague Williamsburg Boro


January 17, 2019

Chief of Police Rowdy Kagarise said during the regular Williamsburg borough council meeting on Jan. 7 that there were three people who were issued a peddler’s permit but whose background information did not “check out.”

Chief Kagarise said the people were from an energy company. Council urged residents not to give out their personal information to door-to-door peddlers. Councilmember Don Zimmerman said that borough employees should call the provided telephone numbers to verify information before a peddler permit is granted.

During the meeting, borough council voted to approve lease for a new police vehicle with three payments of $10,757 with a $1 buyout. Councilmember Bruce Hamilton made the motion with Councilmember Jim Foreso seconding. The motion passed.

Evey Black Law Offices of Hollidaysburg was approved during the meeting as the solicitor and legal counsel for borough. The Pennsylvania Municipal Code Alliance was appointed codes enforcement and Officer, Young, Oakes, and Brown & Co. of Altoona was approved as auditor Stiffler-McGraw of Hollidaysburg was appointed as engineer for borough.

Councilmember Hamilton made the motion to retain all borough employees with Councilmember Patterson seconding and the motion passed.

Bridget Glass from ECM Service Agency was present to discuss insurance options for the borough. She discussed information from McGowan Insurance, which offered the borough a 24 percent savings.

Councilmember Patterson made the motion to choose McGowan as the borough’s insurance provider with Councilmember Hamilton seconding and the motion passed. The decision is contingent upon answers favorable to the borough during communications between Glass and McGowan about the insurance services offered.


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