Yesterday held the first of two monthly council meetings. The following was discussed and will be voted on at the next council meeting:
Bill Baur, an Ellwood resident, publicly expressed his concerns about the tax increase and 2017 budget. He mentioned the pay increases for many of the Borough workers, building the public works building and electric building at the same time, and refinancing of existing debt.
Connie MacDonald, the Council President said that the budget and tax increase are both something that are a necessity due to many things – including the two buildings – being neglected for too long, and he also mentioned that the Borough financial advisors said it was a good time to borrow money. He also stated that it shows the Borough is progressive.
2017 IRS Mileage reimbursement rate 53.5 cents per mile (was 54 cents for 2016)
Donation to Lawrence Co. Tourist Promotion Agency- $100; pd from the General Fund
Monthly 2017 Transfer- $120,833.33 to General Fund from the Electric Fund (1,450,000)
Transfer- $49,760 to Electric Capital Reserve Fund from the Electric Fund (PPA), reflected on the books for 2016
Health and Public Safety
Adopt Ordinance- off street metered parking, 4th & Lawrence
Purchase- pool pump rotating assembly, $6552.32 from Process Pump & Seal; pd from the General Fund
YMCA Pool Mgmt. Agreement- $15,000 pd from General Fund
Lincoln High School Foreign Language Dept- use Shelters #2, 3, 4, & restrooms, April 25 (rain date April 26) from 9:30a.m. – 2:30p.m.
Nature Camp- Use Shelters #7, 8, and trefoil Lodge, Aug 7-11
2017 Standardize Billing Rates (regular and OT rates)
Advertise- Code enforcement officer (part time)
Bid Award- Clerk I, full time 17.30 (80% first year, $13.84)
Employment- Jack Andrews and Brandon Magnifico, part-time firefighters, $11.40/hour
Exclude Borough from the Beaver Co. CDBG program and continue to receive funds from the PA DCED
Advertise sale of L&N Building
Christmas tree (live) drop off @ Public Works Garage, now – Jan 31 – remove all items from the tree
Picnic shelter reservations will begin on the fourth Monday in February (Feb. 27) for Borough residents and beginning on the fourth Monday in March (Mar. 27) for non-Borough residents.