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Bolivar council asks mayor to resign

| Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, 9:18 p.m.

After passing a preliminary budget Thursday with no tax increase, Bolivar Borough Council members called for the resignation of the mayor.

Mayor Everett Saxton has not been doing an adequate job monitoring police officer hours or providing paperwork requested by council, Councilwoman Sue Bartow alleged.

Saxton did not attend the meeting and did not reply to a phone inquiry.

Council members have asked him to provide information on a grant received in 2007 from the Ligonier Valley Endowment to go toward the purchase of a police cruiser.

Borough officials are considering selling the vehicle because there is not enough money to fund a police force next year, but they are unsure about any stipulations of the grant.

“I've asked him twice now to be given hours for police officers, and I filled out Right to Know requests for the information about the grant and he still has not provided it,” Bartow said. “I know this mayor only has one more year here, but I'd like to make the motion to ask him for his resignation. If he can't seem to do the job, then he needs to step down.”

Council members voted unanimously to send Saxton a letter seeking his resignation, as well as the information Bartow requested.

“Well, we can ask him for his resignation. That doesn't mean that he has to give it,” President Clark Baird said.

Council approved a tentative budget with no changes from a $58,600 budget it previously discussed.

Officials voted to dissolve the police force, at a savings of $21,750,and pass on a $1,350 cost for fire hydrants to residents.

Residents will pay between $1.25 and $1.50 bimonthly to Highridge Water Authority for the hydrants.

The public works budget was cut by $11,900 from last year's $19,500 budgeted amount.

Solicitor Jeff Miller called the spending plan a “skeleton budget.”

It will be available for public view for 10 days. Council will vote on the final budget at a meeting set for 7 p.m. Dec. 20.

Council also approved posting signs at the top of an access road to the borough-owned Stump Farm that will prohibit the use of motorized vehicles or equipment on the 101-acre property. The property is open for hunting, but council members received word that some people were timbering the property.

Council will reorganize at a meeting to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 7.

Jewels Phraner is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-1218 or jphraner@tribweb.com.

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