Watson appointed Tyrone fire marshal

In a meeting that took just nine minutes, Tyrone Borough Council addressed three issues.
Borough Fire Marshall Tom Rumberger submitted his resignation to the council. Council member James Beckwith, who also serves as borough fire chief, nominated Jeffrey Watson Jr. to succeed Rumberger. The motion was seconded by council member Sharon Dannaway and the measure passed 7-0 with Watson abstaining.
“Jeff is qualified and meets all the requirements of the borough,” said Beckwith following Watson’s appointment.
“The last couple fires, I have been the go between with the state police.” Watson said.
The borough will make contact with the state police fire marshal that Watson is the new fire marshal for Tyrone.
In other council news, Darrell Golden will be retiring from the borough highway department effective May 16 and Greg White was hired as a new part-time meter reader for the water department.
There was also a request to exceed the maximum spending limit on two housing rehabilitation projects.
“We have distributed information to council concerning two additional properties that are experiencing increased costs,” said Tyrone Borough Manager Al Drayovitch. “The increased costs are primarily due to a lead abatement requirements under the program.”
Following a motion by Sharon Dannaway and a second by Virgie Werner, the council approved the motion by a 8-0 vote.
Prior to the meeting, Mayor Pat Stoner announced to the audience that council met in executive session Sunday afternoon and prior to the meeting on Monday night concerning personnel matters.
During the public comment, James Ray asked the council about the ongoing discussions between the borough and Snyder Township concerning fire support.
“We had a recent meeting with the chairman of Snyder Township (Jim Daughenbaugh),” said Drayovitch. “It appears that we are going to reach a resolution on that. I don’t think we are ready to disclose precisely, but we’ve given them a proposal we’re hopeful that it will be granted.”
The meeting was recessed and the council again met in executive session following the meeting.