Plum officials extend PR contract, ink new crossing guard deal
Monday, February 10, 2020 | 10:38 PM
Plum officials have extended a public relations contract with an Oakmont business, and inked a new four-year deal with their crossing guards.
Council approved both measures by a 5-0 vote Monday night. Councilmen Mike Doyle and Paul Dern were absent.
The borough hired Carrie Lewis DelRosso LLC as its consultant last year. The firm is run by Carrie DelRosso, an Oakmont councilwoman and consultant for the Penn Hills School District.
Plum officials were impressed with her performance and decided to extend the deal through March 2021 with the same terms, at least 6 1/2 hours a week at $65 per hour.
“We get a different perspective on innovative ways that we can communicate with the community,” council President Dave Odom said of DelRosso. “That’s not something that we typically have. When you live in the community or are immersed in the daily activities going on in the community, bringing in a professional that has the caliber of Carrie’s expertise … it really brings an advantage to our council. Especially when it comes to dealing with some of the things that we’ve been trying to address like storm water management and things of that nature.”
DelRosso thanked council for the opportunity to continue her work in Plum.
“I’m very excited,” she said. “Borough Manager (Mike Thomas) and council have been working hand-in-hand with me. We’ll continue the Plum farmer’s market this summer and continue to grow that. (We’re) always looking for new ideas. We will continue creative communication in the borough.”
DelRosso, a Republican, recently announced she will challenge Democrat Frank Dermody for his 33rd state House seat this year.
In other contract news, council approved a new deal with its four crossing guards and Teamsters Local 205. It runs through the end of 2023 with a pay freeze the first year and 1.5% raises the next three years.
The last crossing guard contract was for three years. The borough hires the guards, not the school district.