Edgeworth has a new emergency dispatcher, tax collector

Edgeworth officials have hired a new full-time dispatcher and appointed a new tax collector.

Council voted 6-0 on July 19 to hire Moon Township resident Michael Martin as a dispatcher. Councilman Daniel Wilson was absent.

Martin is the borough’s second full-time dispatcher. Edgeworth also has five part-time dispatchers.

Director John Schwend said Martin was selected from approximately 35 applicants and five finalists.

He said Martin’s experience as a dispatcher with UPMC helped him stand out.

The salary is $20 per hour.

“Full-time employees are more invested in the organization than part-time employees,” Schwend said. “(Council) felt it was in the best interests of all residents to have a full-time employee here who would be invested in a career in the borough instead of just a part-time job.”

The borough could choose to eliminate its dispatcher positions and opt for Allegheny County 911, but Schwend said there are no plans to do so because residents appreciate the borough having its own employees on the phone.

“Borough residents love the service of being able to call here and have someone who knows the neighborhood specifically, knows the roads and can answer other questions,” Schwend said. “The dispatcher also answers questions about park rentals, meetings and other Borough business. It’s important to have someone there that they can call 24 hours a day and who knows the community.

The Edgeworth Police Department has nine officers – three full-time, including Chief John Burlett, and six part-time officers.

Burlett said he was delighted to have Martin on board. His first shifts will be evenings, nights and weekends.

“With the job market as it is, the board felt it best to fill (the shifts) with a full-time position and eventually he could take on the duties of day dispatcher, who is basically the administrator of the police chief,” Burlett said. .

Schwend announced that tax collector Christopher Blazak had resigned from his post because he was leaving the borough.

Blazak was less than a year into his four-year term.

The Board voted 6-0 to accept his resignation and voted the same for his replacement.

Hugh St. Martin will serve as tax collector until next year. He must stand in the 2023 primary election if he chooses to retain the seat, which will be for two years.

Schwend said the tax collector supplements Jordan Tax Service to collect property taxes while Keystone Collections collects earned income, business liens and local utility taxes.

The council had 30 days from July 19 to appoint a new tax collector.

Schwend said the board chose to act quickly on the vacancy so there was no downtime.

“We knew Chris was going to step down from his job,” Schwend said. “We had already started interviewing interested residents to see who could take over. Rather than having a gap of a few days, we decided to appoint a new person.

other business

Edgeworth Council passed a resolution July 19 in support of the Quaker Valley Council of Governments’ glass recycling program.

The borough has agreed to contribute $40 per month.

Quaker Valley COG has a glass recycling site at 629 New Brighton Road in Avalon, across from its public works facility. It also has a bin at Riverfront Park in Sewickley.

Ferries are available from dawn to dusk each day and are open to all COG communities in Quaker Valley. Glass containers should be rinsed of all perishable debris before being recycled. Adhesive labels and container lids do not need to be removed before recycling. Items such as mirrors, porcelain dishes and light bulbs will not be accepted. More information is available by calling 412-766-7458.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, [email protected] or via Twitter .

Esther L. Steinbach