Sugarcreek Borough Building to Get a New Roof

| May 18, 2017

Sugarcreek borough roof
SUGARCREEK BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – The Sugarcreek Borough building will be getting a new roof after council authorized the bidding process to replace the current 32-year old covering Wednesday.

“We need a new roof on this building,” borough manager Joe Sporer told the council at its bi-monthly meeting. “It’s not leaking, but it’s getting close.”

According to Sporer and maintenance foreman Dick Phillips, the borough has been advised to continue with another rubber roof.

“When the (rubber) roof was put on, it was put on because of the insulation that needed to go up on it. There is ¾ inch of foam board under it. Without the rubber roof, they would have to re=strip it or re-truss it.”

Councilman John McClelland asked if the rubber roof could come in a different color, and Phillips said he would check into it.

“It’s the town hall, it shouldn’t look like a warehouse,” McClelland said. “It should look nice.”

McClelland then made a motion to authorize the bid with the caveat that the color is more decorative or colored rubber.

The current rubber roof replaced the metal roof in 1985.


The council accepted a bid from Day Ford in Monroeville for $27,160 for a 2017 Ford Utility Interceptor police vehicle. Council approved buying the vehicle at its last meeting.

According to police chief Matt Carlson, the Day Ford bid was the lowest of three bids. Coupled with the $8,470 “upfit” to make the vehicle police useable, the cost will be $35,630 with $20,000 coming from a grant from EV and JL Peters Charitable Trust.

“The cost is less than the one we just bought (another 2017 Ford Interceptor with around 6,000 miles on it),” Carlson said.

Carlson said he had heard some questions about why the department was getting a 2017 model instead of a 2018 model.

“If we got a 2018 model we would have to wait until November or December,” Carlson said. “If you are worried about having two cars with around the same mileage, I can wait to use it until we get 10,000 or 20,000 on the other car.”

With the purchase of a new vehicle, Carlson wanted to put the department’s 2006 Chevy Impala that has around 120,000 miles on it up for bid but said he got a request from Sporer to use the car in an administrative capacity.

Sporer said he wants to use the car for zoning.

Council agreed that the car would be transferred over to zoning with McCelland asking if it could be painted so it doesn’t look like a police car.

In addition, Carlson said he plans to continue using the 2008 Ford Explorer that has over 126,000 miles on it that was used for the K-9 unit.

I plan on continuing to have (Ryan) Ashbaugh use that,” Carlson said. “When problems come up with it, I won’t put any more money into it.”

Carlson was asked if the car would now be located at the department instead of being used as a take-home vehicle by Ashbaugh, who was the borough’s K-9 officer up until the program ended May 5 with the retirement of K-9 dog Goose.

“It will no longer be a take-home car once the cages are changed out from the K-9 dog cage to a regular cage, which Ryan and Dick (Phillips) are working on right now,” Carlson said. “Ryan knows that.”


Carlson asked for and was granted an additional 40 hours for his department during the Rocky Grove Volunteer Fire Department’s Fair, which is running June 27 through July 1.

“I want 32 extra hours for officers and 10 for the dispatcher,” Carlson said.

Carlson said with the fair running from Tuesday through Saturday he had to switch one of his officers to a Tuesday to Saturday shift instead of a Monday through Friday shift and needed to bring on a part-time to fill the normal Monday shift. In addition, with rides being added back to the fair he is anticipating larger crowds than in the past few years. He also wants the additional dispatcher time so there is continuity with calls and the like.


Borough solicitor Brian Spaid said there hasn’t been much movement on the proposed tax credits to volunteer firefighters first broached in early February by Reno fire chief Mike Garbacz and Rocky Grove fire chief Jeremy Simcheck.

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“We haven’t met about it yet,” Spaid said during the solicitor’s comment opportunity. “As we get closer to starting to work on the budget, I think we need to get together and work on something if we are going to do it for 2018.”

Councilman Larry Baughman said that after the last meeting he talked to Garbacz about it and found out that the state fire commissioner is trying to put together a sample ordinance for municipalities to use.

“That way a lot of the ordinances around the state would be the same,” Baughman said. “Of course, some areas are exploring it on their own and making their own.”

After hearing this, Spaid thought it would be a good idea for the council to wait and see what the state comes up with.

“I would rather see what the state is doing instead of reinventing the wheel,” Spaid said.


Council will hold a budget workshop at 7 p.m. May 24 at the borough building. After previously stating the public would not be able to comment, Spaid said after research of Pennsylvania’s Sunshine Law that there will be a public comment period prior to the council actually working on the budget similar to the three-minute per person period given at regular council meetings.


In other business the council:

  • Tentatively approved the use of the baseball field along Shuffstall Street by the Rocky Grove Volunteer Fire Department for its fair. The department wants to use the baseball field for the landing of a medical helicopter Wednesday night (June 28) after the parade. A letter from fair chairman Michael Cook said the helicopter would be on site for one to one-and-half hours for the community to visit with the crew, ask questions and explore the aircraft. Council gave its approval contingent on the fire department checking with the Little League to make sure they didn’t have any games scheduled for the field that night.
  • Was invited by the Rocky Grove VFD to participate in the 84th Rocky Grove Fireman’s Fair Parade.
  • Was informed by Carlson that this week (May 14-20) is National Police Week. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week (NPW). NPW pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others, according to a handout distributed by Carlson.
  • The next regular council meeting will be June 21 as the council goes to once-a-month meetings during the summer. The meetings in June, July and August will be held at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at the borough building.

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