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Seward Borough allocates Act 13 monies to police fund

| Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, 9:05 p.m.

Seward Borough Council members approved a motion to place the Marcellus Shale Act 13 monies received by the borough in 2012, totaling $1,632.79, into the police fund, after a discussion on the subject at last week's meeting.

Solicitor Scott Mears reminded council members that Act 13 monies can be used for emergency preparedness such as police and fire. An Unconventional Gas Well Fund Usage form will be filed by April 15, 2013, with the Public Utility Commission in Harrisburg indicating the specific usage determined by the borough for the Act 13 fees they received in 2012.

There is an opening for one person from Seward to begin a term on the Seward/St. Clair Township Sewage Authority. The authority already has two individuals from Seward Borough and two individuals from St. Clair Township. Seward resident Mike Hamilton's term has expired as an alternate in the fifth seat on the authority. President Brian Custer suggested posting the vacancy throughout the Seward area to solicit interested individuals for the seat's term on the authority.

In other business:

• Councilman Jason Piwowar made cost-saving repairs to the borough's salt/gravel spreader when it broke down during the recent snowstorm. Councilman Dave Croyle said the borough has 20 tons of gravel with salt mixed in ready for the next snowfall.

• The police force worked 277 ¾ duty hours in December. There were 29 traffic citations, two non-traffic citations and five incidents which included a vehicle hit-and-run.

• A new computer and updated version of Quick Books for the borough's office was recently purchased by Custer for a discounted total price of $449.

The next meeting is 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at the borough building on Indiana Street in Seward.

Alice White is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.