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The Newville Borough Council voted last week to revise its open burning ordinance.

The revised ordinance, which passed by unanimous vote, reflects two changes regarding penalties, according to Borough Manager Fred Potzer.

He said the changes — “criminal penalties that were made civil, and removal of incarceration” — came after several drafts and review by the public safety committee.

The revised ordinance states that the penalty for a first offense is a written warning and extinguishment of the fire. Penalties are $25 and $50 for second and third offenses respectively, and $100 for each additional offense, with additional charges possible if the fire is not extinguished.

Under the old ordinance, penalties could include fines and up to 30 days in prison.

Warnings and tickets may be issued by Newville’s police officers and code enforcement officers.

According to minutes from the public safety committee’s May 9 meeting, the revisions were requested by Newville police officers and firefighters.

To view the entire ordinance, visit the borough website at www.newvilleborough.com.

In other business

The council voted to purchase a black 2017 Ford utility all-wheel drive SUV from 911 Rapid Response, of Annville, at a cost of $39,688. It will replace the department’s 2006 Ford Crown Victoria, which will be sold.

The cost of the new patrol car will be paid through a $50,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Grant/Low-Interest Loan, which the borough received last year.

Potzer said the remainder of the grant will be used to purchase radio equipment and truck scales for the police department.

In addition Tuesday, the council approved a Back to School Bash from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at the Newville Community Park.

Sponsored by Movement Outreach and Big Spring Heights Church of God, the event will provide haircuts and school supplies for local children, as well as entertainment and refreshments.

“It’s an evening for people to mingle,” Potzer said.

Also approved was a gospel concert beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, also at the Newville Community Park.

The concert, sponsored by Diller Mennonite Church, will feature Frances Drost, of Newville, who will sing at the park’s new gazebo.

In other matters, the council:

Authorized payment of $9,162.34 to repair the traffic pedestrian signal at West and West Main streets.

Accepted with regret the resignation of Sara Jarrett, part time community and economic development coordinator.

Named police officer Wyatt Wagner acting chief while Police Chief Todd Koser is on medical leave, with a salary adjustment of $5 per hour.

Hired Kevin Bigler, of Shippensburg, as a part time police office at a pay of $18.45 per hour.

Approved the acceptance of letters of interest from residents who wish to serve on the zoning hearing board and beautification commission.

Voted to contact PP&L about installation of a Lumen 9500 street light on Broad Street near Rich Street.

Voted to donate surplus equipment to Movement Outreach church in Newville for a new computer room.

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