Pittston Council promotes firefighter to full time

First Posted: 6/20/2013

The Pittston City Council opened Wednesday’s regular council meeting with a ceremony promoting current Pittston City resident and part time fire fighter John Ankenberand to a full time fire fighter.

The 37-year-old Exeter native has served as a part time fire fighter in Pittston for the past ten years. His promotion brings the total number of full time city fire fighters to eight.

The council also announced the hiring of four part-time trainee fire truck drivers.

In other matters, City Administrator Joseph Moskovitz said the city was asked by Laflin to submit a proposal to take over policing duties in the borough. City officials would not estimate what cost might be involved, but intend to have everything in place before the July 22 deadline for proposals.

City officials had been in discussions earlier in the year with representatives from the borough of Dupont about police patrols in that community but an arrangement could not be reached. Dupont ultimately opted to continue utilizing its own force.

Also on Wednesday:

• The council unanimously approved a contract for vehicle towing services with West Pittston-based, Bovani Towing for $17,200 a year for three years. The two other bidders were R&M of Plains Township and Lokuta Towing of Dupont.

• The city announced plans to form a Parks and Recreation Commission.

• Ownership of Cosgrove Park will be transferred from the City to the Pittston Redevelopment Authority.

• Counci’s next regular meeting is set for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17.

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